The Senate passed Senate Bill 251

November 16, 2017 11:20 AM | Anonymous

The Senate passed Senate Bill 251 yesterday by a vote of 46 to 3.

  • Senate Bill 251 (Vulakovich-R) amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to allow for the use of electronic speed meters or radar devices, including LIDAR, by any police officer in the Commonwealth upon completion of a training course approved by the Pennsylvania State Police and MPOETC.
    • Allows for any police officer, upon completion of training course approved by the PA State Police and the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission to use radar or LIDAR (infrared laser light devices). Specifically, this would allow for all municipal police forces, regardless of county class or full-time status, to utilize radar.
    • Requires periodic testing for accuracy of all devices.
    • Stipulates political subdivisions must adopt an ordinance authorizing employ of such devices before they may be used by law enforcement.
    • Requires official warning signs to be posted within 500 feet of the border indicating the use of radar.
    • Stipulates that during the first 90 days of use, police will only issue written warnings.  
    • Provides no person may be convicted upon evidence obtained through the use of an authorized device if the speed recorded is less than ten miles per hour in excess of the legal speed limit.
    • Outlines rules governing use of excess revenues (Excess sums shall be remitted to the Department of Revenue, deposited in the General Fund, and appropriated by the General Assembly to be used for traffic safety purposes).
    • Effective in 120 days.

This legislation will now go to the House for its consideration.

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