Police plan October traffic enforcement along Hall Road

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 25, 2015

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If you’re driving along the M-59/Hall Road corridor this October, expect the Sterling Heights Police Department and other police agencies to be part of your commute.

Sterling Heights police are coordinating with their neighbors from Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Shelby Township and Utica to crack down on motorists’ illegal driving habits. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department will also monitor the road.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith said police are pursuing a monthlong campaign of traffic enforcement in October due to complaints received about Hall Road traffic.

“There’s speeding, disregarding traffic signals,” Smith said. “With some of the construction, there are unsafe lane changes, cutting people off. The best way to describe it, I guess, is aggressive driving.”

Smith said the M-59/Hall Road initiative does not list a goal or quota for issuing tickets, but he said it is designed to educate the public.

“The idea is to try to protect the safe drivers who are out there and educate the drivers who aren’t driving that way,” he said.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Aaron Burgess, who is in charge of the department’s traffic safety bureau, said the enhanced enforcement zone will stretch along the entire span of the road in Macomb County through the cooperation of local agencies. He said this is not the first time police forces have teamed up to tackle troubles on Hall Road, but he said he hopes that the effort will gain some media attention to underscore the seriousness of dangerous driving.

“We’re adding scope and more jurisdictions,” he said. “We’ve put the radar trailers wherever the speed zones drop.”

Burgess counted three main factors in the need for the enforcement push.

“One is the changing of the seasons,” he explained. “We’re going from nice, dry, hot weather to the rainy season, ice and snow. So we need people to slow down.”

Burgess said the holiday season will bring an increase in traffic around the shopping centers and plazas. Lastly, portions of the road are under construction, and that has tempted some drivers into driving on the shoulder, running red lights and other forms of disobedience, he explained.

“There is an increase partly in rear-end crashes that we’ve seen,” he said. “You also have your subjective points of view, when I have people passing me in the breakdown lane easily going 100 mph, motorcycles weaving in left and right.”

According to Burgess, the speed limits of the M-59 stretch in Macomb County range from 45 mph to 70 mph, depending on the location.

Learn more about the Sterling Heights Police Department by calling (586) 446-2800.

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