The Senate today (November 14) approved Senate Bill 251, legislation introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich that would allow Pennsylvania’s municipal police departments to use radar as a means of speed enforcement.
“This measure is long overdue. Every state but Pennsylvania permits their local police to use radar for monitoring traffic speed. In Pennsylvania, only the State Police are authorized to use radar,” said Senator Vulakovich, a former municipal police officer. “We often talk about equipping our officers with the latest and best in technology; however, for some reason Pennsylvania has not yet provided its law enforcement officers with radar technology that has been around since World War II. It is well past time we provide our officers with this speed enforcement mechanism.”
The bill sets the following conditions:
- Municipalities must pass an ordinance allowing the use of RADAR/LIDAR.
- Municipalities with RADAR/LIDAR must post signs indicating their use.
- Points will not be assigned if the speed recorded is less than 10 miles over the speed limit.
- Municipalities must test RADAR and LIDAR devices at least annually and they must be approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The measure is supported by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, the Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association.
SB 251 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.