THE RADAR COALITIONA "Coalition to Eliminate the Prohibition Against Municipal Police Using Radar" has been formed among the major law enforcement and municipal associations affected by this legislative prohibition. The associations participating in this coalition are: the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge, the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, the Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and the Pennsylvania State Mayors' Association. The Coalition anticipates that other non- governmental organizations concerned about public safety on Pennsylvania's highways will be joining the Coalition.
The focus of the Coalition is to change one sentence in Section 3368 (c),(2) of the Motor Vehicle Code. That sentence currently reads:
[E]lectronic devices such as radio-microwave devices (commonly referred to as electronic speed meters or radar) may be used only by members of the Pennsylvania State Police.For reasons which follow, Section 3368 (c),(2) should read:
[E]lectronic devices such as radio-microwave devices (commonly referred to as electronic speed meters or radar) may be used by any police officer.
The reasons for making this change are many and include these eleven:
10. The General Assembly of Pennsylvania enacted Subchapter F of the Motor Vehicle Code entitled "Speed Restrictions" which includes Section 3362 entitled "Maximum Speed Limits" to protect the public from the dangers of speeding, as a matter of public policy.
11. The latest Traffic Safety Facts published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Speeding strongly suggest that Pennsylvania has the worst record in the United State of America for speeding-related fatalities and that Pennsylvania's public policy which hinders and prevents municipal police from enforcing the maximum speed laws is the cause. Click here to read the NHTSA's Traffic Safety Facts published in July 2017 based upon 2015 data. In 2015, Pennsylvania had the 4th highest number of speeding-related fatalities; the 2nd highest percentagr of speeding-related fatalities to total fatalities in the nation; and the 2nd highest enumber of speeding fatalities on local roadways. There were three states which were on the top ten lists of all three statistical measures of speeding-related fatalities for 2015. Pennsylvania was not only one of those states, it lead all three states in two of these three statistical measures. Furthermore, the numbers of speeding-related fatalities on roadways where municipal police often enforce the maximum speed laws, but are prohibited from using radar, were on average 5 times higher than the number of speeding-related fatalities on roadways where the State Police primarily enforce the same maximum speed laws, but are allowed to use radar. It is a fact that in order for Pennsylvania to bring its percentage of speeding fatalities to total fatalities under the national average for one year, 293 fewer speeding-related fatalities would need to be prevented. Click here for more details. Pennsylvanians simply cannot live with a public policy that results in high numbers of traffic fatalities and unspecified physical injuries and property damage.
The Radar Coalition has drafted a bill to amend Section 3368 (c),(2) of the Motor Vehicle Code to give municipal police the option of using radar to enforce the maximum speed limits established by the General Assembly. In this legislative session, Senator Randy Vulakovich introduced the Radar Coalition’s bill in the Senate along with 19 bi-partisan co-sponsors and Representative Harry Readshaw introduced the same bill in the House of Representatives along with 19 bipartisan co-sponsors. Those bills are Senate Bill 251 and House Bill 43 respectively. Senate Bill 251 passed the Senate by a vote of 46 to 3 and is presenting in the House Transportation Committee awaiting consideration.
See the tab Municipal & Other Radar Resolutions for information regarding how your municipality or organization can support this important, life-saving legislation