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Pa. Senate OKs bill to let local police enforce speed with radar

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 19, 2016 2:28 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Legislation is on the move to permit all of Pennsylvania's municipal police departments to use radar to catch speeders.

The measure has passed the Senate, 47-3, and heads to the House.     

However, its passage arrives late in the two-year legislation session, when the House has just six scheduled session days before November 30, when all bills die.

Under the proposals, police officers could use radar or infrared laser light devices to catch speeders after complete a training course. 

Currently, only the State Police are allowed to use such devices in the state.

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

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

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