I was a Harmar Township police officer for 34 years. During that time, officers across the state pushed to allow local police to use radar speed enforcement. Pennsylvania is the only state that limits the use of radar strictly to the state police. The reasoning is local police departments would use the equipment to generate revenues for their municipalities.
Half of every ticket's fine money goes to the state and the local government gets the other half.
Now the state wants to tack on a $100 surcharge to all traffic tickets. And every dollar of the surcharge goes into the state's coffers.
When I became a policeman in 1977, the basic traffic fine was $25, with $10 for court costs — total $35.00. Today the fine is still $25, but with court costs and other fees that same ticket now costs $112.50. With the surcharge, it'll be $212.50.
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