Mississippi SB 2580 – To Authorize The Sheriff And His Deputies In Any County To Use Radar Speed Detection Equipment
To Authorize The Sheriff And His Deputies In Any County To Use Radar Speed Detection EquipmentFull Bill Text
UPDATE February 5, 2019: The bill died in committee.
SB 2580 — HB 109 is a similar bill introduced in the Mississippi House — was introduced on January 21, 2019 and referred to the Committee on Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency. The committee has not yet scheduled a hearing date.
The NMA is opposed to electronic speed enforcement and speed traps for the reasons provided here. SB 2580 does attempt to prohibit the use of photo radar as part of a speed trap, but its definition of a speed trap isn’t rigorous enough. The bill requires a speed study within the previous ten years in support of the posted limit; road and driving characteristics change more frequently than that. Speed studies should be conducted every three to five years. The speed trap definition exempts local roads meaning police can use photo radar with impunity throughout many of the streets of a municipality.