18 Sep

To Radar or Not to Radar, That is the Question

Posted by Will Schueneman on

If you are someone who loves to drive fast and finds it hard to obey thePenn Police Radar laws of the road by driving above the speed limit, then I would suggest moving to Pennsylvania. It turns out that Pennsylvania is the only state in the continental U.S. that does not allow police officers to use radar guns. Instead they use a method that includes a stop-watch like device, a mathematical formula, and two white lines on the pavement to determine the speed of motorized vehicles.

There have been some speculations that authorities do not want police officers to use radar guns to pull over speeding drivers because they do not want police stations to take advantage of this power to bring in more money to the police stations. I could see this being a concern however; I would hope we would put more faith in our law enforcement officers than that, to not abuse their power and the law. I think we should be focusing on all of the positives that could come from this versus the negatives. The biggest positive I would say with having radar guns would be safer streets. It will also make drivers more responsible and follow that speed limit more closely. Another is the ability to catch dangerous drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

It shocked me to learn this fact that not all states are able to use radar guns to detect drivers that are speeding. Now-a-days we use radar in so many other ways like sports, weather, airports, military use, etc. Even the fact that almost every other state is already using them means that they do work and are beneficial.  If I were a citizen of Pennsylvania, I would want law enforcement to be able to use radar guns.  Sure, I am one of those drivers who like to go faster than necessary, but I know that the advantages would definitely outweigh the disadvantages of police being able to use radar guns.

 

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