Senate Approves Scavello Bill Allowing Local Police Radar

Harrisburg – The Senate today voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) permitting Pennsylvania municipal police to utilize radar for speed enforcement.

“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,” said Scavello. “It makes no sense that the state allows municipalities to use red light cameras to curtail unsafe driving, but does not allow the use of this World War II era technology.”

Scavello noted speed as a factor in a recent pedestrian fatality in Mount Pocono, Monroe County, at a heavily congested intersection where high speed has contributed to a history of crashes.  “The only way the local police can enforce and enforce properly is with radar,” he said.

Senate Bill 607 includes revenue cap on the amount of money a municipality may keep from speeding tickets which allows for no more than 20 percent of their municipal budget.

This legislation is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge, 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 Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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