Radar For Local Police Inches Forward In Pennsylvania Legislature

Tony Romeo
April 08, 2018 - 4:00 am
Police Radar

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A key state lawmaker now says he believes it will be possible to pass legislation that would give local police in Pennsylvania the authority to use radar for speed enforcement. 

The local police radar issue has been chewed on in Harrisburg for years… as has the proposal to ban talking on hand-held cell phones while driving. Hearings on both were held by the state House Transportation Committee this past week. The committee chairman, Philadelphia Republican John Taylor, said he believes there is now support for cell phone legislation. But local police radar, he thought, was not there yet. As that hearing began Taylor quipped that a previous House leader put him in charge of “long term unresolvable issues”…

“And here we go, 30 years later, and we’re dealing with long-term unresolvable issues,” he said.

Maybe not. During the hearing, Taylor said criticism from opponents of local police radar was much less vigorous than in the past, and he now thinks it will be possible to address remaining concerns lawmakers have about it.