If you sit on South Main Street in Chambersburg for just a little while, you’ll see the raceway downtown has become

CHAMBERSBURG – Cars fly by the News Talk 103.7FM radio station like they’re gunning for the checkered flag.

And yet the legislature in Pennsylvania still cannot get anything passed that would put radar guns in the hands of municipal police departments.

Add to that the fact that the Pennsylvania State Police need an invitation, as we interpreted it during an earlier segment on air with Attorney Clint Barkdoll, from a municipal council or leadership to set up operations in a town and the whole issue becomes incredibly irritating with bureaucratic red tape.

And, ultimately, really unsafe.

State Senator Judy Ward joined Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen Wednesday morning on First News to discuss radar for local police.

Ryan said, “Not only am I held hostage by Pennsylvania State Police who may not want to come into the borough, but then I’ve got to go to an activist borough council who right now is all hot and bothered with adding sexual orientation and gender identity specific nondiscrimination ordinances to borough law. Meanwhile I’ve got cars that are screaming by the radio station at high speeds and I’ve got to rely on a borough council to make an invitation.”

Jansen added, “All because we can’t get radar for borough police or municipality police. It’s been passed by the Senate, several times I believe, including this year. It gets hung up in the House.”

In the House Transportation committee to be exact, which is led by Representative Tim Hennessey (http://www.rephennessey.com)

Ryan said, “I didn’t get a call back from Tim Hennessey. And I’m not expecting a call back, but at the very least a professional courtesy. If I can talk to Rep Rob Kauffman. I can talk to State Senator Judy Ward. I can catch up with Representative Topper and Schemel. It’s not like he’s busy. Throw me a call. Have one of your minions call me.”

Ward said, “I hear from people who say municipal radar is like a tax on poor people. I’m quick to remind them that often times with these traffic stops, they find other things. They find drugs. They find un-registered weapons. They find things that mean safety. It’s a safety issue. In addition to the fact that they’re going very fast down a small street in a very congested municipality. This keeps coming up, it comes up over and over again. The Senate passes it. The House, they just have a lot of folks who think it’s overreach.”

Ryan asked, “How do we go beyond an activist borough council and say look Pennsylvania State Police, you don’t need an invitation. I’m already paying you. You already have the radar. I’m being held hostage by Tim Hennessey. Can maybe we start going back to let’s go beyond these borough councils and just have the Pennsylvania State Police have the power just to set up? If I’m not going to get it done again this year (Rep Tim Hennessey), maybe we just go above and beyond these borough councils. Why do we have to check with borough councils and borough leadership in setting up radar with the very people we’re paying taxes to and taxes for and their salary in the first place?”

Ward said, “I think as a safety issue and safety concern that’s something that could be looked at. I’ve never thought of turning it around that way, but good idea, Pat. Very good idea.”