An effort to expand speed radar use in Mississippi was approved Feb. 8
by the state’s Senate. The bill now heads to the House for further
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Tollison, D-Oxford, the measure – SB2442 – would
set up a two-year pilot program that would permit sheriffs in 28 counties
throughout the state to use radar to enforce speed limits on rural roads.
Currently, Mississippi restricts the use of radar-speed-detection
equipment to the Mississippi Highway Patrol and city police departments. Cities
with populations less than 2,000 are prohibited from using radar on their
public streets while cities of more than 15,000 can use radar on federal
highways within their boundaries.
Supporters say the use of radar would help in places where the
population is growing outside city limits. Opponents counter that the
enforcement tool could be used to set up speed traps and rake in revenue from
Counties included in the pilot program are: Adams, Coahoma, Copiah,
Clay, DeSoto, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Forrest, Jones, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lee,
Leflore, Lafayette, Lowndes, Madison, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Pearl River,
Pike, Quitman, Rankin, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Winston.
A couple of separate radar-related bills, however, have died.
One bill would have authorized the Mississippi Department of
Transportation to use radar on state highways to enforce speed limits solely on
Sponsored by Rep. Bennett Malone, D-Carthage, the measure would have
permitted the agency’s law enforcement officers to track speeds of commercial
vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Another effort sought to place additional limits on some speed
Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, it would have prohibited
the use of radar on state or federal highways within 1,000 feet of where the
posted limit is reduced by 10 mph or more.
Malone’s bill – HB141 – and Moak’s bill – HB237 – remained in committee
at a deadline to advance.