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Transportation Committee Highlights

Transportation impacts all over lives in some way. As the new Democratic chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, I believe it’s important to keep you informed about important transportation legislation that has an impact on everyone — from motorists and pedestrians to public transit riders to our law enforcement. It’s an issue that affects every Road Workcommunity, so I want to share with you some of the key measures that are making their way through the legislative process.

The Senate Transportation Committee met twice this month, and I’ve highlighted several bills that we debated in those meetings to show how the committee is strengthening laws to protect motorists and law enforcement.

The committee unanimous approved Senate Bill 172, which provides a five-year trial period for PennDOT to place speed cameras in active work zones on limited access highways. The speed cameras would only be allowed in active work zones on limited access highways. 

The committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 288 to strengthens the state’s Steer Clear Law, which requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle, by increasing fines and suspending the licenses of repeat offenders. The bill passed unanimously

The committee approved two bills that would allow police officers to use RADAR equipment for speed enforcement:

  • Senate Bill 279 allows full-time municipal police officers employed by full-service police departments or regional police departments, including the Philadelphia Police Department, to use RADAR or LIDAR for speed enforcement. The bill passed by a 14-1 vote.
  • Senate Bill 251 allows all local law enforcement to use RADAR for speed enforcement. The bill passed unanimously.

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