SB Evergreen Rd at Ford

Dearborn Heights, MichiganApr 05, 20110 Comments

Evergreen Rd north and south of Ann Arbor Trail is marked 30 miles per hour through a residential area. No problem here. Traveling on southbound Evergreen past Ann Arbor Trail toward Ford Road the homes disappear and the road widens from two to four lanes, but the 30 mph zone remains, even though intuitively a driver would think the speed limit would increase. A cop pulled me over for doing 40 in the 30 zone, but wrote me up for 5 over the limit. He asked me for my driver’s license and nothing else — no registration or proof of insurance. Funny thing is, northbound Evergreen on the direct opposite side of the road where I was pulled over is marked at 40 mph. Go figure it. My lawyer got a plea deal for me, obstructing traffic ($140) replacing the speeding ticket ($90). The lawyer told me it’s got nothing to do with “public safety” but filling the city’s financial coffers. Getting the more expensive obstruction ticket was no sweat. In fact, it’s extremely common, not only in Dearborn Heights but in other municipalities.

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