Atran Freight is a mid-Michigan freight broker. State laws and safety regulations which pertain to the conditions of Michigan highways, and therefore to our truck-drivers, are important to us. A new law will raise speed limits on select Michigan freeways to 75 mph making the Mitten the speediest Great Lakes state around. On January 5, Governor Rick Snyder signed off on bills that will raise speed limits on 600 miles of rural freeways to 75 mph. The bill will also increase the maximum speed limit for trucks from 60 mph to 65 mph on limited access freeways. These changes will take effect only after safety and engineering studies are completed.
Governor Snyder emphasized that safety will be a top consideration.
"Ensuring that all Michiganders are safe while operating vehicles on our state's roadways is critically important, and these bills allow for appropriately increased speed limits on certain roadways after safety studies are conducted."
— Gov. Rick Snyder
MDOT’s Director of Communications, Jeff Cranson, also weighed in on the safety concerns surrounding this new law.
"For emphasis, safety is paramount at MDOT. It defines everything the department does, from designing roads, to building, to traffic safety engineering. The planners and engineers take safety very personally, which is why the department adopted a Toward Zero Deaths goal….So safety will be the guiding consideration as MDOT and MSP work to study and identity corridors that are candidates for higher speeds."
— Jeff Cranson
At Atran, the safety of truck drivers is a concern. Our team encourages drivers to stay safe while on the roads, especially with these increased speed limits.