GRAND BLANC TWP. — There’s something about that stretch of Interstate 75 around Holly Road that seems to make motorists want to put the pedal to the metal.
On Thursday, Aug. 20, some of them regretted giving in to that urge.
That day, Grand Blanc Township police conducted intensified traffic enforcement. They caught many lead-footed drivers heading north in heavy traffic. The high speed of the day was 100 miles per hour.
“I had a number of first-shift officers that day, so we decided to go out and do some enforcement,” said Sgt. Scott Theede. “We had been talking, and we knew we had speeds that were up out on the expressways. And we had a couple of crashes recently. So, we wanted to go out and target that particular stretch of road.”
Speeders “filter in” to the township from northern Oakland County, where enforcement is sometimes sparse, he said.
“We address that, not only in group enforcement, but also the individual officers, as much as we can,” he said. “As long as we’re getting those types of speeds, we will try to target that area as much as possible.
“Obviously, we have responsibility for the entire township, so we do obviously have to focus on our surface streets, as well. But we know the potential for catastrophe is much greater when you’re traveling at triple digits.”
State police have reported that the number of traffic crashes on Michigan roadways is down 25 percent this year over last year; however, fatalities remain the same. In June and July of 2019, 168 people died on Michigan roads. In the same time in 2020, 230 people died.
Township officers ask drivers to remain vigilant of the speeds at which they are traveling and pay close attention to their surroundings.