PA Senate OKs Bill Allowing Police To Enforce Speed With Radar

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Legislation is on the move to permit all of Pennsylvania’s municipal police departments to use radar to catch speeders.

The bill passed the Senate, 47-3, and heads to the House. However, the bill’s passage arrives late in the two-year legislation session, when the House has just six scheduled session days before Nov. 30, when all bills die.

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Under the bill, police officers could use radar or infrared laser light devices to catch speeders after complete a training course. Currently, only the Pennsylvania State Police are allowed to use such devices in the state.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Randy Vulakovich of Allegheny County, says Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn’t permit local police to use radar. A municipality’s governing body would have to first adopt an ordinance authorizing its police force to use the devices.

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One Comment

  1. Joe says:

    Radar makes MANY errors and fails the Daubert Test. Pull up Radargate Revisited to see. Can’t tell which car made the reading, either. Absurdly low speed limits, tickets at 6 mph above them.

    Speed limits should be set to the 85th percentile free flowing traffic speed, but they are not. This means more crashes, tickets to safe drivers, and the wrong drivers.

    PennDOT’s own data shows that the roads have never been safer. I do have a simple solution. Make ALL tickets a choice between community service and a charitable contribution and see what happens. NOBODY will want radar then. In the end, money talks and that is 100% of what this is about. Want full compliance, then post PROPER speed limits!

    Check out the National Motorists Association and oppose this misguided radar push.

  2. geo says:

    True to form township police already use this….. they don`t need it to be legal they are the LAW

    1. Jesse Peterson says:

      True. I got caught in a Podunk speed trap almost 40 years ago. I clearly saw the radar gun. This is just a way to raise money.

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