Why our speed limits sometimes change:  USA Today: Speed limits: Tried and true, or invalid?

From USA Today

Speed limits: Tried and true, or invalid?

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Follow the speed limit.It’s a simple task most drivers do successfully every day. But there’s still a small part of the driving population that travels above or below it. We might think these drivers are just not abiding by a law that’s been set for a reason, but what if instead of the driver, the speed limit is incorrect?In St. Clair County, it’s possible, because some speed limits were set in the 1940s and haven’t changed since. The most recent speed limit set on a county road was St. John Drive in 2005 in Clay Township.This was just before the passage of Public Act 85 of 2006, which mandates that cities, townships and villages complete speed studies or access-point counts to justify their speed limits.

Another Ticket Writing Opportunity

So while I have your attention on where to avoid getting a ticket, I want to bring up one more location:  Squirrel south of M-59

Here’s the problem:

The speed limit is 25 mph but too many of you are driving WAY over that.  I’ve actually had people ask me to raise it!  That’s not happening because it was designed and built to be 25 mph.

Here is the problem we are trying to solve:  there are housing locations on the west side of the road with lots of kids.  And a bus stop at the location shown in the photo.  And on the other side of the road are 2 parks.  Kids want to get to the parks, by bike or by foot.  There are walkers, bicyclers, runners all over in the area.  And we want them to be.

I know there are many commuters who use this route to get to M-59 and back morning and night. I think many of you might be in a hurry so you try to make up time by pushing your speed.  I am concerned in the morning about the kids who are waiting for the bus standing there in a big group.  And I’m concerned about every kid on a skateboard or a bike in the evening who is trying to get over to the skate park to meet their friends or over to Riverwoods to play on the swings.  You should be concerned too.  You can’t make up time by speeding but you can create a dangerous situation.  You’ll never forgive yourself if you make a mistake and plow off the road into those kids at the bus stop.  Not to mention that if that happens we would prosecute you to the fullest extend of the law and your life would change dramatically.

Just don’t let it happen.  Think for a minute about what you are doing and what is really important.  Slow down.  I am asking you to do it voluntarily but if that doesn’t work perhaps an expensive ticket will make the point.

Don’t be surprised if you see an officer in that area writing some tickets in the near future.

Top Crash Locations are also where you are most likely to get a ticket in our city

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Traffic laws are the basis for orderly and safe movement of traffic.  Traffic tickets are about changing driver behavior toward compliance with traffic laws.  High traffic crash locations are a sign to us that drivers are not following the laws.  So we spend our traffic enforcement time focusing on the locations where there are the highest number of crashes in an effort to reduce those crashes.

Every now and then I like to give you the list of where the most crashes are and therefore where we are likely to be and where you are most likely to get a ticket.  Here they are for August 2016:

  • Lapeer and Harmon
  • Opdyke and Walton
  • Ramp and Lapeer
  • Walton and Squirrel
  •  Opdyke and University
  • Hamlin and Squirrel
  • Squirrel and University
  • Featherstone and Squirrel
  • Joslyn and Brown
  • Baldwin and GLC

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Concerned About Coyotes?

We received another call on this just a few days ago. Coyotes are part of nature-they live among us.

Auburn Hills Police Department

Every now and then we hear from residents who have had contacts with coyotes and are concerned.  We do not believe we are having an increase in coyotes recently but they do live among us.  We also do not believe they present a threat to humans.  They do prey on chickens and small animals and will go through your garbage.

Here is a news story from a Grand Rapids TV channel on the subject from earlier this year.

And more information on the topic:

MICHIGAN DNR – Coyotes

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Ever imagined yourself on a foot chase with cops? Now’s your chance…..

We are not chasing criminals this time.  We are looking for runners to participate in the Cooper’s Mini 5K Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9am in beautiful Auburn Hills.  You can run with the AHPD team and a team of Oakland County Prosecutors.  Even if you are not a 5k runner –there is room for 1 mile walkers too.

The run raises funds for the Prosecutors’ Foundation for Kids.  The Foundation supports children who are the victims of abuse and neglect and through no fault of their own find themselves in the custody of the county.  They are often without basic necessities like clothing, toys and other things that kids need to thrive.  The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office and their Foundation have made it their mission to make sure kids have Christmas presents on Christmas morning.  I know that Prosecutor Cooper herself wraps presents and arrives at Mandy’s Place on Christmas morning to deliver them.

We will have an AHPD team and the Prosecutor’s Office will have racing teams as well.  The course is closed to vehicle traffic and winds through a scenic area of the city.

The weather will be beautiful –join us!

Here is a link to more information and to sign up:  2016 Cooper’s Mini Race Flyer

Back to School Traffic Safety–Sgt. Jeremy Stubbs

Important information that bears repeating at this time of year.

Auburn Hills Police Department

Guest Blogger – Sergeant Jeremy Stubbs, Directed Patrol Unit

Back to School Safety

Students return to the classrooms on September 8th.  Providing michigan-sidebarstudents a safe route to school is one of the department’s top priorities.  Please be aware of the increased presence of student walkers and bicyclists as well as increased traffic around school campuses and neighborhoods.

Traffic enforcement is a year-round priority and the school zones will be patrolled heavily during the first week of September.  Officers will be doing traffic enforcement near schools during the morning and afternoon hours.  Officers will be enforcing all traffic laws to help ensure a safe environment for students and motorists in school zones.

Below are a few safety tips related to traffic around schools:

  • Follow all speed and parking laws
  • Establish a meeting time and location to pick up your child/children
  • Be patient; allow plenty of time to deal with…

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Avoiding Fraud

We have had an increasing number of reports from victims of fraud.  There are various kinds and types of fraud activity.  One is what we call a “green dot card” scam.  In these scams a person is contacted usually by phone and the person on the other end represents themselves to be a government agency, utility company even a police department purporting to be holding a family member in jail, trying to get money from the victim.  There are ways now to “ghost” a phone number on these computer phone systems that makes a false identification show up on your caller ID.  It might say “Auburn Hills Police” but it really isn’t us. 

Sometimes it takes the form of an almost correct email address for a company executive.  A person in the finance department gets an email from this almost correct email address telling the employee to wire large sums of money to a specific place usually outside of the US.   Once it is out of the country it is gone.  The scammers are usually located in places where there are no or limited police services to investigate and no extradition treaties to the US.

Although you can report it to us, you also should report to the Federal Trade Commission.  You can make the report on line.  Here is some additional information to help you avoid becoming a victim.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-to-avoid-fraud

USA Today: Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law

From USA Today

Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law

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Marijuana advocates who hoped the cascade of states moving to legalize medical marijuana would soften the federal stance on the drug faced disappointment Thursday as the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its decision to keep marijuana illegal for any purpose.Marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Substances in Schedule 1 are determined by the Food and Drug Administration to have no medical use. States that allow marijuana for medical use or legalize recreational use remain in defiance of federal law.The announcement to be published Friday in the Federal Register relaxes the rules for marijuana research to make it easier for institutions to grow marijuana for scientific study. The DEA currently authorizes just one grow facility in Mississippi.