Local Use of Radar

Speed timing devices were introduced into the marketplace in the 1950s. Radar is the most cost-effective, reliable speed-timing device in use today. Pennsylvania’s municipal police are the only law enforcement officials in the country who are not permitted to enforce local speed limits and protect public safety with radar.

The League supports Senate Bill 607 (PN 1384).

Update: November 18, 2019:  Senate Bill 607 was amended in the House Transportation Committee and voted out to the full House.  The most significant amendment limits radar/lidar to full-service departments and full-time officers.

Update: June 26, 2019:  Senate Bill 607 passed the Senate 49-1 and is now in the House Transportation Committee. 

Three other proposals have been introduced this session, which include provisions that authorize the restricted use of radar, they are:  House Bill 74 (PN 78), introduced by Representative Greg Rothman; House Bill 352 (PN 328), introduced by Representative Bill Kortz; and House Bill 1275 (PN 1483), introduced by Representative Kurt Masser. The League and PSATC currently do not support these proposals as drafted due to their restrictive nature. All three of these bills are currently before the House Transportation Committee.