|In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation that establishes a six-year pilot program for accredited municipal and regional police to use radar as a speed timing device in the Commonwealth. The legislation is an attempt to have this long-stalled device approved for use by our local police while making sure of its acceptance by the motoring public.
Major points of the legislation are outlined below:
Please consider co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
- Designed to address potential abuse.
- Use permitted only by full time police officers.
- Employed by full time, full service police agencies and only following an approved course of training and refresher course every three years.
- Only accredited municipal and regional police under a six-year pilot program.
- Provides for defense against prosecution if being used to generate revenue.
- Generation of revenue is demonstrated if 1% or more of the total revenue is derived from radar traffic fines.
- 10 mph cushion
- 90 written warning period to begin enforcement
- Annual progress reports from communities are to be made to PennDOT and PennDOT is required to make an annual report to the Legislature
- Provides for periodic testing and calibration of all devices itself as prescribed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.).
- No points issued or insurance surcharges can be assessed.
- Provides that officer(s) using the device must be in marked vehicles and visible to the motoring public.
- Roads must be posted as “radar enforced” entering the community.
- Local ordinance required to enforce.
- Enforcement authorized only in response to citizen complaints and/or demonstrable traffic safety concerns such as high crash rates and/or fatalities.
- Have limited use on locally owned residential areas. Speed limits on roads authorized for radar must be certified by engineering and traffic study before enforcement begins and every three years thereafter.
- Ticket quota language ban added. “Station average” quotas outlawed.
Previous Co-sponsors: CHARLTON, RYAN, STEPHENS, MURT, BARRAR, WARD, SCHLOSSBERG, A. HARRIS, HELM, GROVE, B. MILLER, DeLUCA and WATSON