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Efforts To Arm Local Police With Radar, Picks Up Speed

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 Efforts to get local police to use radar to enforce traffic laws, are picking up speed.

Advocates of the law, addressed the Senate during a hearing last week in Harrisburg.
And on Tuesday,  Pittsburgh's mayor will introduce a resolution in support of the bill, joining the growing list of supporters to give local police this tool to help enforce speed.

As it stands, Pennsylvania is the only state in the country, that municipal police agencies are not allowed to use radar, to enforce speed.

Currently only state police can do it.
So local police agencies have to rely on more primitive methods.

But a proposed state law would change that.
And advocates last week argued that local police should be armed with the same tools to enforce speed, as state police.

But those against it say smaller police departments could use radar guns to set-up speed traps, in turn using it an a revenue generator for municipalities or townships.

Monday, we caught up with drivers to see what they think.

"Yes I support it, so they can catch all the people breaking the law," said Raymond Estrada of Erie.

"I think it'd be more effective, because the way they do it now, by using a stopwatch, it's not very effective," said Brandon Beasley of Millcreek.

"I don't think it's a good idea, because then you'll have every cop in the city of Erie armed with a radar gun in his hand,trying to pull everybody over," said Patrick East of Erie.

"To me, it'd be alright, that's their job they have to do it, we need it sometimes," said Juan Lopez of Erie.

Supporters point out that only a small percentage of a speeding ticket actually goes to the municipality. But even so, if this law passes, many would like to see safeguards, to ensure local police are using radars to increase safety, and not municipal budgets.

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