Hearing on Local Cop Use of Radar

Local police departments being able to use radar was the topic of a Senate Transportation Committee hearing this morning in Harrisburg

Currently, only state police are allowed to use radar. Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says he wants that to change, and also said the issue of where the money from fines would go is irrelevant at this point.

Noonan says the bottom line is radar saves lives. Pennsylvania is third in the country -- behind California and Texas -- in the number of automobile fatalities related to speeding. He says fee structures can be worked on and changed, if needed.

Committee Chairman John Rafferty said the bill likely will not come up for a vote during this session because lawmakers will be concentrating on budget issues until the budget is finalized.

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