Taxation by Citation

By Tom McCarey

The Pennsylvania Legislature is desperate for new sources of revenue. They know that everyone has to drive. They know that speed limits are under-posted by 8 to 16 MPH  90% of the time. They know that the posted limits de facto make 85% of drivers into speeders, likely to get a “speeding” citation. An unfair tax by any other name.

To greatly simplify the chore of catching all the “speeders” they want to arm municipal police with RADAR guns: Speed Trap Bill SB 607. This will open the floodgates for all of your money to flow into Harrisburg and local municipalities, and into special interest coffers.

There is no speeding crisis, no hoard of drivers running amok. People drive a speed they feel safe: this is a highway engineering principle called the 85th Percentile Speed.  85% of the time, drivers operate their vehicle in a reasonable and prudent manner (legal speak for “safe”).

Three urban myths about speed limits:

1. Low-speed limits will increase safety and decrease the number of crashes.

2. Raising the posted speed limit increases traffic speed.

3. Drivers will always travel at 5 mph over the posted speed limit.

RADAR for municipal police is a money grab and has nothing to do with safety.

Tell your Representative and Senator that you are tired of being their cash cow being milked at every turn for doing nothing harmful, nothing unsafe.

Tell them to vote NO on Speed Trap Bill SB 607.

Reader Interactions


  1. Amy says

    It is good to see the truth getting out in Philly. It is sad how the anti-car factions in the city have sought to completely ruin the ability of anyone to drive a car in the city. Much of the anti-car comments have not been fact checked, but are instead just accepted, since some people just like the push that view.

  2. Henry Frank says

    Speed is driver controlled. Nobody HAS to speed. Speed DOES cause crashes. Tom McCarey is on the wrong side in this case.
    Henry Frank, Driver Safety Instructor.

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