Harrisburg police support Senate decision to allow municipal law enforcement to use radar

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – State Sen. Randy Vulakovich of Allegheny County says Pennsylvania is the only state that does not allow local police departments to use radar for speed limit enforcement.

Currently, state police are allowed to use radar.

Capt. Deric Moody of the Harrisburg Police Department says radar would be a big step forward.

“Our current system requires multiple officers,” Moody said. “You need one to monitor speed and you need another officer to make the stop. So this would be beneficial to our department as well as any other departments.”

The bill passed in the Senate and it still needs approval by the House. The House will end its session next week.

Moody says radar gives police departments more flexibility.

“We get complaints in the city at different locations,” Moody said. “But it becomes difficult to get in there, and do the type of enforcement with the system we have in now, with radar, we can get in within minutes after a complaint and monitor drivers.”

Moody says when drivers find out that local municipalities have radar it will have an impact on how fast people drive on roads that are not normally monitored by police.

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