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Pa. only state that doesn't allow local police to use radar guns to track speed

HARRISBURG, Pa. — There's a new push to allow all police departments in Pennsylvania access to radar guns. But not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

Right now, only state police can use them. Two bills in Harrisburg could soon change that.

"You have to send a message that you're going to enforce these speed laws," Sen. Jim Brewster, (D) McKeesport said.

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Brewster sponsored a bill that would allow local police to use radar guns to enforce speed limits. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country limiting their use to only state police.

But the bill has opponents, like the National Motorists Association.

"Every other state has a lot of revenue based for-profit enforcement," said Jim Walker with the agency

Walker said he has some concerns.

"Radar, for local or state police, are almost exclusively used in speed traps," he said.

Brewster said his bill, and a companion bill, is getting support in Harrisburg.