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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 28, 2016 09:49 AM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: RADAR for Local Law Enforcement
 
I will soon be reintroducing SB 535, which would permit all municipal police to utilize radar for speed enforcement.

Radar technology was developed prior to and during World War II and radar speed guns were introduced into the marketplace in the 1950’s. All states but Pennsylvania permit their local police to use radar for monitoring traffic speed. In Pennsylvania, only the State Police are currently authorized to use radar. It is ironic that we don’t allow municipal police to utilize radar, however, we do allow certain municipalities to utilize red light camera systems. As a former law enforcement officer, I plan to introduce legislation that would finally permit all municipal police to utilize radar for speed enforcement.

This legislation will include changes which were made in the bill last session that include:
  • A revenue cap on the amount of a money a municipality may keep from speeding tickets (20% of their municipal budget)
  • Requires a municipality adopt an ordinance to allow for police to use RADAR
  • Calibration standards for the use of RADAR guns.

This legislation is supported by the “Coalition to Eliminate the Prohibition Against Municipal Police Using Radar” -- the PA Chiefs of Police Association, PA Municipal League, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, PA Association of Township Commissioners, PA State Association of Township Supervisors, PA State Mayors Association and Bike Pittsburgh.

Last Session SB 535 was Cosponsored by Senators: Alloway, Aument, Baker, Blake, Brewster, Browne, Costa, Dinniman, Eichelberger, Fontana, Haywood, Kitchen, McGarrigle, Mensch, Pileggi, Scavello, Schwank, Smith, Smucker, Stefano, Teplitz, White, and Yudichak,


Introduced as SB251