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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 20, 2014 01:41 PM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: Radar for Local Law Enforcement
As a former law enforcement officer, I plan to introduce legislation that would finally permit municipal police to utilize radar.

Radar technology was developed prior to and during World War II and radar speed guns were introduced into the marketplace in the 1950’s. It is now 2014. All states but Pennsylvania permit their local police to use radar for monitoring traffic speed. In Pennsylvania, only the State Police are 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.

We often talk about equipping our officers with the latest and best in technology; however, for some reason Pennsylvania does not trust its law enforcement officers with radar technology. It is well past time we provide our officers with this speed enforcement mechanism.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation, which 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 and PA State Mayors Association.

If you have any questions, please call Nate Silcox of my staff at 717-787-6538.

Introduced as SB1340