The Democratic governor gave her sixth State of the State address on Wednesday. It was included about 10 goals, lots of references to 1980s rock anthems and praise for the Detroit Lions. Read the speech.
A crackdown on distracted driving this week underscores that many aren’t aware of Michigan’s new law banning holding a phone, police say. One driver was working on a laptop. Another drove for miles before noticing police.
Lawmakers push to ensure that drivers seeking damages from potholes on county roads have 120 days to file claims. The bills were filed the same day Bridge published stories showing how the system rarely reimburses motorists.
Michigan has bad roads and a weak system to reimburse drivers for damages. There are plenty of easy solutions, like raising the $1,000 cap, extending the claims period. Is there political will to change?
Deteriorating roads cost drivers a total of $4.3 billion per year, but a reimbursement system for damages is skewed against drivers. Damage caps, deadlines and high burdens of proof mean most claims are denied.