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Todd Dills

No ‘speeding ticket frenzy’ in Michigan

| March 25, 2009

Contrary to the dire warnings of a widely circulated e-mail, says the Michigan Department of Transportation, there is no 31-day speeding-ticket bonanza in the offing on the Great Lakes State’s highways. The e-mail is a version of a sort of serial hoax foisted upon truckers and other citizens as early as 2005, according to Follow that link and you’ll find the original warning of a “>30-day speeding ticket frenzy” barked upon to collect a whopping “$9 million” in fines in New Jersey, dated May 2005, and several others that followed.

It’s doubtful any truckers fell for the latest hoax, as it warns of a veritable impossibility a sharp OO or company driver would note immediately: MI-DOT “>intercept” trucks parked by the roadway and capable of catapulting “from snow plow speed to intercept speed in seconds. And when the engine boost kicks in, the warning lights automatically change from flashing yellow to the dreaded red and blue!”

If emOverdrive‘s Worst Roads survey is any indicator, MI-DOT has enough trouble keeping the roadways smooth, much less patrolled by futuristic truck technology. Keep an eye out for future mailings. After a somewhat dormant period in 2007, the Snopes page suggests, the hoaxes seem to be on another uptick this year. . . strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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