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Local police want radar guns

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Preventing speeding is a never ending job for police, and in Pennsylvania it is harder than usual to catch violators.

"They are always extremely surprised that municipal police officers do not have radar," said Northern Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel.

Pennsylvania is the only state that does not allow municipal officers to use radar guns.

"Statewide there still remains resistance," Bentzel said.

But their current system, VASCAR, handcuffs police.

"The biggest drawback to VASCAR is where we can use it. Those limitations equate to the places where we have a lot of complaints," Bentzel said.

Bentzel has been in law enforcement for 20 years, all of which have been in Pennsylvania.

"If I were to make a guess when I started twenty-some years ago, I would have never expected that I would be sitting here in 2014 and we still did not have radar," he said.

That is the reality his department and his community have to deal with.

"It would allow us to get into that development where we have received that complaint frequently that says cars are exceeding the limit, there are children all over the neighborhood and someone is going to get hurt," Bentzel said.


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