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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 1, 2020 11:54 AM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello
To: All Senate members
Subject: RADAR for Local Law Enforcement
 
In the near future, I intend to re-introduce legislation in which I have been a long-time proponent and Prime Sponsor, Senate Bill 607 of 2019, providing for the use of RADAR by Local Law 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. 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.  I plan to introduce legislation that would finally permit all municipal police to utilize radar for speed enforcement. 
 
This legislation will include changes which were made last session: 
  • A revenue cap on the amount of a money a municipality may keep from speeding tickets
  • Requires a municipality adopt an ordinance to allow for police to use RADAR
  • Calibration standards for the use of RADAR guns.
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, PA State Mayors Association and Bike Pittsburgh.

Senate Bill 607 of 2019 sponsors included: MARTIN, BROWNE, MENSCH, BARTOLOTTA, BREWSTER, AUMENT, BLAKE, YUDICHAK, SCHWANK, COSTA, HAYWOOD, BAKER, FARNESE, SANTARSIERO, MUTH, KEARNEY, DINNIMAN, L. WILLIAMS, KILLION, STEFANO, COLLETT and IOVINO

 If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
 
 



Introduced as SB419