Radar on the Radar at Capitol

Mississippi's sheriffs are lobbying to be able to use speed radar to enforce speed laws.

Sheriffs in more heavily populated counties say having radar is important in slowing down drivers and preventing accidents and deaths on the road.

But some lawmakers say they feel sheriffs might use the guns to create speed traps. However, many who live on county roads say something is needed.

"Something needs to be done, if it's the county or what. They need to slow them down. It'll help I think," said Charles Willis of Bailey.

The issue has come before a Senate subcommittee in Jackson, and that's the furthest it has ever gone with Mississippi lawmakers.

In most other states this is not even an issue. It is assumed sheriffs have the ability to run radar. Mississippi is one of only two states, the other Kentucky, that do not allow it.


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