Senate OKs Bill To Let Local Police Enforce Speed With Radar

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Legislation is on the move to permit all of Pennsylvania’s municipal police departments to use radar to catch speeders.

The bill passed the Senate, 47-3, and heads to the House. However, the bill’s passage arrives late in the two-year legislation session, when the House has just six scheduled session days before Nov. 30, when all bills die.

Under the bill, police officers could use radar or infrared laser light devices to catch speeders after complete a training course. Currently, only the Pennsylvania State Police are allowed to use such devices in the state.

“I thought it would be beneficial for a small town, it’s definitely going to save lives with a device like that,” Carnegie Police Det. Dennis Lawrence said.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Randy Vulakovich of Allegheny County, says Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn’t permit local police to use radar.

“We give them a badge, we give them Tasers, give them handcuffs, a weapon, but we won’t give them radar,” Sen. Randy Vulakovich said.

Sen. Vulakovich is sponsoring the bill. He used to be a Shaler police officer and realizes the limitations local police face.

“We’re still using the same devices that we’ve been using the last 20 to 30 years – the VASCAR device,” he said.

A municipality’s governing body would have to first adopt an ordinance authorizing its police force to use the devices.

Most people KDKA-TV’s Christine D’Antonio spoke with said they support it.

“Actually, I didn’t even know that they couldn’t do it so I’m not really opposed to it per se. It makes sense that they do it,” Patrick Furey said.

Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page
Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter

(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

More from Christine D'Antonio

One Comment

  1. David Colton says:

    I am ALL for this. I’m tired of driving the Northern Rt. 28 corridor with cars doing 85+ blowing by me in both directions. The “frequent flyers” of this route KNOW where the state sets up speed traps. IF the state doesn’t want the money…maybe the local law enforcement will!

  2. I am for this as well, as long as we do not have another Kilbuck Twp. like set-up.

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Bringing You The Best in Sports Talk Radio
New Podcast Network
Learn How

Listen Live