A cop car sitting in the center of the stretch of I-275, just east of Northville, is pretty common.
And according to a new list, compiled by the National Motorists Association, Livonia is the second worst city in the U.S. and Canada for speed traps. The state of Michigan ranked No. 5 overall on the list of worst speed traps in the U.S. and Canada.
The advocacy group, according to its website, is "dedicated to the protection of motorists’ rights and freedoms. The NMA was instrumental in repealing the 55 mph National Maximum Speed Limit. Since then, the organization has fought for reasonable speed limits, an end to speed traps, fairer traffic courts and against using traffic tickets to generate revenue."
The report was compiled using five years' data from the organization's website,The National Speed Trap Exchange. Plymouth's neighbor to the north, Northville, also got a mention in the report.
"Motorists who visited The National Speed Trap Exchange within the past five years complained overwhelmingly about opportunistic law enforcement tactics in Romulus, Livonia, Allen Park, Redford, Taylor, Northville and Dearborn Heights," according to a press release by the organization. "They identified 187 specific locations in those seven cities, voting a staggering 6,348 to 842 (88.3 percent) to affirm that each deserved the speed trap label."
You can find a full list of comments on nearby speed traps at the National Speed Trap Exchange website. Users can post areas they consider to be speed traps and vote on others' posts on the site.
Here are the top five cities, with populations over 50,000, with the worst speed traps, according to the list:
- Flower Mound, TX
- Livonia, MI
- Windsor, Ontario
- Hamilton, Ontario
- Mississauga, Ontario