Those across the pond don't understand how Americans are able to sit in cars for hours at a time and travel to another city or state. They are so used to being on trains to travel that the concept of highway driving is foreign to them. Meanwhile here in America its the most used form of traffic and one that all of us are so used to doing that we don't always follow the rules.

We have seen drivers changing lanes without using a turning signal, merging on or off the highway too early or too late crossing solid lines in the process, riding in the passing lane for too long to just name a few. Although these are some rules of the road that are broken often on the highway, none are more ignored than the speeding laws. After seeing automated ticketing in New York, could Michigan be thinking the same thing?

Drivers in New York are going to be some of the first to experience the automated speeding ticketing process. Vehicles will be monitored by a radar triggered camera based upon the speed limit. Once a speeding car has been identified there will be a series of photos taken that will show the distance, time of travel and license plate.

A certified technician will take a look at the evidence and determine if the claim is valid. If so, the registered vehicle owner will receive a notice in the mail. The first violation is $50, the second $75, the third is $100, and unpaid fines lead to registration holds. So with a certified technician looking at the photos I would assume that flow of traffic and grace will be granted but it is not a guarantee.

Since there is no way to tell who is behind the wheel at the time of the infraction, the car's registered owner will be responsible for the fines. There will be an option for drivers to submit documentation to dispute the speeding claims but unless you can prove that the wrong vehicle was identified than you have tough luck on avoiding the automated speeding ticket.

Should automated speeding tickets make their way to Michigan highways? Which highways would you like to see the automated tickets on? I-94? I-69? US 696? US 131? If you're anything like me and tend to have a lead foot or simply like to speed so you don't waste unnecessary time on the road, this may be something to keep an eye on for the foreseeable future.

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