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Q: PA speed trap law ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: PA speed trap law
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: i_tspp-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 11 Oct 2006 13:38 PDT
Expires: 10 Nov 2006 12:38 PST
Question ID: 772746
Is there a law in Pennsylvania prohibiting speed traps in any way? If
not, is there a federal law prohibiting speed traps that would
supercede state law? This praetorian state does not make it easy for
one to search for this information.
Subject: Re: PA speed trap law
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 11 Oct 2006 14:24 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear i_tspp-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question.
Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code Title 75 governs the speed and safe
operation of vehicles in that state?s jurisdiction:


Nowhere in this code is the use of ?speed traps? by law enforcement
prohibited by state statutes. States that do have laws that prohibit
or limit the use of speed traps are:



Unfortunately, for you perhaps, even if there were Pennsylvania state
laws that prohibit speed traps there is no Federal prohibition against
the use of this widely practiced law enforcement tactic.

I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
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near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.

Best regards;
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher


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Request for Answer Clarification by i_tspp-ga on 12 Oct 2006 12:21 PDT
Dear tutuzdad-ga,

Thank you for your response. Prior to posting my question on google
answers, I searched both of the websites you referenced below. Neither
site contained the information I was looking for.

Both of the websites you referenced are privately operated and do not
encompass the entire scope of Pennsylvania law. If there is such a law
in Pennsylvania regarding speed traps, these websites may not have
that information due to this fact.

In my initial question I posted, I expressed frustration over the lack
of an "official" source to research PA law. The state does not have a
website (to my knowledge) that provides this information.

Thank you.

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 12 Oct 2006 15:47 PDT
I believe that what I have provided is the best you can hope for. You
will not find an text in ANY STATE that outlines laws that DO NOT
exist. In other words, in the US, the general rule regarding the law
is this: That which is not specifically prohibited is deemed to be
permissible. The reason you cannot find references to a prohibition to
this enforcement tactic in Pennsylvania is because it does not exist,
therefore it is permissible. Your question was "Is there a law in
Pennsylvania prohibiting speed traps in any way? (or a Federal law
regarding such activity)" The answer to both is NO.

Is there something else you are after?

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 12 Oct 2006 16:37 PDT
Let me go on to say that a speed "trap" is synonymous with
"entrapment". That is the premise of the prohibition of such a tactic
in states where the tactic is deemed inappropriate. Since each state
defines it's own laws the issue is left to the state to determine if
the tactic is permissiable or not. In PA entrapment is defined in
Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Herein the law
states in part that a person is not entrapped unless a public official
or person acting in cooperation with a public official "induces or
encourages" him to commit a crime for the purposes of gaining evidence
of such a crime against him. In most states speeding is considered a
voluntary commmision of a crime and one for which a person is not
"tempted" or encouraged to commit by authorities simply because the
authorities did not make their presence known. Such is appretnly the
case in PA as well.

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 12 Oct 2006 16:38 PDT
Sorry, here's Title 18 and the definition of entrapment:
i_tspp-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thank you for your assistance.

Subject: Re: PA speed trap law
From: daniel2d-ga on 11 Oct 2006 20:00 PDT
If would be interesting if you told how fast you were going and what
the speed limit was.
Subject: Re: PA speed trap law
From: i_tspp-ga on 12 Oct 2006 12:27 PDT
I was driving 42 in a 35. The cop (either through incompetence or
insidiousness) cited me for driving 57.

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