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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 22, 2014 02:13 PM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: Radar for Local Law Enforcement
I will soon be reintroducing SB 1340, which would permit all municipal police to utilize radar for speed enforcement.

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 currently 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. As a former law enforcement officer, I plan to introduce legislation that would finally permit all municipal police to utilize radar for speed enforcement.

This legislation 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.

Last session, SB 1340 was sponsored by Senators Vulakovich, Alloway, Baker, Blake, Brewster, Browne, Brubaker, Dinniman, Eichelberger, Erickson, Fontana, Mensch, Smith, Smucker, Solobay, Teplitz, White, and Yudichak.

Please join me in sponsoring this long-past due legislation. If you have any questions, please call Nate Silcox of my staff at 717-787-6538.

Introduced as SB535