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New Legislation Proposes Use of Radar Guns For Municipal Police

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As it stands now, local police don't have a simple way to crack down on speeders.
But, new legislation introduced this week, could change that.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country, that prohibits local police from using radar guns, to catch speeders.
But, Senate Bill 1340 aims to change that. It would allow Pennsylvania's municipal police departments to use radar, for speed enforcement.

Right now, only state police can use radar guns.
So local police have to rely on more primitive technology, like lines on the road, that are a specific distance apart. That, along with a stopwatch used together can calculate a driver's speed quickly.

We caught up with Millcreek Police Captain Carter Mook.
He says they're a larger department, and their not out to rack-up speeding tickets, they just want to keep Millcreek township roads safe.
And he says radar guns would certainly help them do that.

"It's frustrating not having that tool at our disposal," said Captain Mook. "Because when we do receive complaints from citizens of people speeding in their neighborhood, given the tools that we're limited to, we can't immediately address their concern," Mook added.

Similar legislation has been proposed before, but the bill has never had enough support to move forward.
State Senator Randy Vulakovich of Allegheny, introduced the legislation this week. He's a former municipal police officer and says this law is long overdue, “We often talk about equipping
our officers with the latest and best in technology;" said Senator Vulakovich. "However, for some reason Pennsylvania has not yet provided its law enforcement officers with radar technology that has been around since World War II," Vulakovich added.
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