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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 12, 2021 09:37 AM
From: Representative Greg Rothman
To: All House members
Subject: RADAR/LIDAR Speed Enforcement
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to fully authorize local police to use RADAR/LIDAR for speed enforcement.

As you know, the Vehicle Code limits local police to the use of speed timing devices for speed enforcement, and the use of RADAR is currently limited to PSP. Under my legislation, a local police department, both part-time and full-time, would be permitted to use RADAR/LIDAR contingent upon the following:
  • A municipality would need to first pass an ordinance authorizing the use of RADAR/LIDAR.
  • A municipality must install signs advertising the use of RADAR/LIDAR at the municipality’s border.
  • The municipal share of revenue collected from fines may not exceed 10% of the municipality’s budget for the previous budget year.
  • Local police officers would be required to complete a training course before use.
  • RADAR/LIDAR may only be used when the officer is in or adjacent to a clearly marked law enforcement vehicle.
  • Only written warnings for violations are permitted for the first 90 days of enforcement using RADAR/LIDAR.
My proposed legislation strikes the appropriate balance between speed enforcement, which will make our roads safer, and concerns regarding the authorization being used as a revenue-generating option for municipalities.

Please consider co-sponsoring this important legislation.  


Introduced as HB606