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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 14, 2018 11:21 AM
From: Representative William C. Kortz, II
To: All House members
Subject: Authorizing Local Police to Use Radar/LIDAR for Speed Enforcement
Over the last two years, Pennsylvania has witnessed thousands of vehicle crashes and hundreds of fatalities due to excessive speeding on our roadways. In order to save lives and better protect our motorists, we must improve speed enforcement. Yet, in the face of these tragic numbers, Pennsylvania remains the only state in the country that prohibits its local police from using radar, a proven speed enforcement tool.

For decades, our local law enforcement community has been pleading for this proven technology, which has been in use by the Pennsylvania State Police for over fifty years, to significantly improve roadway safety. My legislation will fix this antiquated problem by authorizing local police to use radar and LIDAR as part of a six year pilot program after receiving appropriate training.

Last session, similar legislation was supported by the Radar Coalition, Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, Pennsylvania Municipal League, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. The Pennsylvania State Police have previously testified in support of the use of radar by local and regional police departments.

Please join me in this effort to better protect our motorists and ensure that our local law enforcement community has the tools they need to significantly reduce speed-related deaths and accidents.

Introduced as HB352