Here’s a bit of trivia for you should you ever end up on the other side of a small table from Alex Trebek – Pennsylvania is the only state in the US that doesn’t allow its local police officers to use radar to issue speeding tickets (PA state troopers can use radar, however). But that may soon change – a bill has passed through the Senate with flying colors (47-3) that would allow Penn Police to use radar to detect speeders and issue corresponding tickets.
While this may sound like just another money-making ploy by the local government to pad their pockets, State College police Chief Tom King says otherwise. “Pennsylvania has the third highest number of speed-related deaths in the country behind the more populous Texas and California. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pennsylvania had 550 killed in speed-related crashes in 2013, or 357 more people than the national average.”
PA Advocate of the National Motorists Association, James Sikorski Jr. thinks otherwise citing that better-engineered roads and speed limits would fix the accident issues associated with Pennsylvania roadways. Another concern he addressed concerned money generated from speeding tickets doesn’t even go to the local governments – it’s sent to the state and rarely makes its way back to benefit local communities from which the money was taken.