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Radar gun bills languish in Legislature

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Aug 18, 2014 2:20 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are renewing their push to get radar guns into the hands of local police officers.

Democrat state Senator John Yudichak of Luzerne County says if local officers in every other state can manage to use radar guns, Pennsylvania shouldn't be any different.

Current law only allows State Police troopers to use radar to catch speeders.

Critics of a change have come from both parties.. the most common fear is that officer will abuse the technology.

But Yudichak disputes that idea.

"That's simply not true. There's enough regulations within the law being proposed that they would not be able to use it simply as a revenue generation tool. This is a tool to keep families safe, keep Pennsylvania safe on our highways."

At least 6 bills propose changes to radar regulations. Yet none of those measures offer specific restrictions meant to discourage police departments from using speed traps to generate revenue.

Yudichak and others that if police can be trusted with weapons, they can be trusted with radar guns.

"This allows a piece of technology that has been used for decades within our state police department, and used by local departments across the country, allows our local departments here in Pennsylvania to use that technology to save lives."

Local police departments in other states are allowed to use radar to catch speeders, but under current Pennsylvania law, they are prohibited.

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