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Michigan State Police Lieutenant Gary Megge's current job is to monitor the state's speed limits and speed traps. he's been arguing for smarter, often raised limits, and one quote explains why.


It's a line he gave to the Detroit News back in 2008, recently brought back into light by The Truth About Cars. It was originally addressing Lt. Megge's admission that traffic enforcement is for revenue. Megge's statement has a sentiment we've heard elsewhere but rarely from a member of the police.


Here's the quote in full.

"I've spent eight years in traffic services, and I was a crash reconstructionist for five years before that," Michigan State Police Lieutenant Gary Megge told the News. "So I've seen my share of fatal wrecks, and I can tell you: Deaths are not caused by speeding. They're caused by drinking, drugs and inattentiveness. The old adage that speed kills just isn't realistic. The safest speed is the speed that is correct for that roadway at a given time. A lot of speed limits are set artificially low."

Megge's current work has him claiming that many of the state's speed limits are too low. You an read more about his current work at The Truth About Cars. All I want to know is why can't more officers be like him?

Photo Credit: Michigan State Police (Lt. Megge not pictured)

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