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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2017 03:35 PM
From: Representative James R. Santora
To: All House members
Subject: Radar for Local Law Enforcement
I will soon be introducing legislation, similar to SB 559 (Rafferty) from last session. Sen. McGarrigle will be the Senate sponsor this session. The bill will amend the Vehicle Code to permit full-time municipal police officers employed by full-service police departments or regional police departments to use radar or LIDAR for speed enforcement. These speed timing devices will only be permitted for use by trained officers in counties of the first class, second class, second class A or third class.

Each political subdivision that elects to use radar or LIDAR speed meters shall report the municipal revenue generated from speed enforcement citations annually to the Pennsylvania State Police. In the event the municipal share of revenue generated from speed enforcement citations exceeds 5% of the total municipal budget or 5% of the regional police department budget, such revenue must be remitted to the Pennsylvania State Police for traffic safety purposes. Political subdivisions must also erect official warning signs within 500 feet of a municipal border indicating that speed metering devices are being used. No points will be assigned to an operator of a motor vehicle unless the speed recorded is ten or more miles per hour in excess of the legal speed limit.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB1290