Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rankin Supes Support Radar

On Tuesday the Rankin County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking their legislative delegation to submit and support legislation permitting the use of radar by sheriff's departments in counties with a population of 95,000 or greater.

Read their resolution here.

The 2010 census states that Rankin County's population is 141,617.
(More Rankin County census facts here.)

Under current law sheriff's departments (and the Reservoir Patrol) are prohibited from using radar.

The Mississippi Code says:

§ 63-3-519. Use of radar speed detection equipment; authorization and limitations

It shall be unlawful for any person or peace officer or law enforcement agency, except the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, to purchase or use or allow to be used any type of radar speed detection equipment upon any public street, road or highway of this state. However, such equipment may be used:

1. By municipal law enforcement officers within a municipality having a population of two thousand (2,000) or more upon the public streets of the municipality;

2. By any college or university campus police force within the confines of any campus wherein more than two thousand (2,000) students are enrolled;

3. By municipal law enforcement officers in any municipality having a population in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) according to the latest federal census on federally designated highways lying within the corporate limits.

The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol will not set up radar on highways within municipalities with a population in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) according to the latest federal census.

Senate Bill 2127, submitted by District 25 Senator Billy Hudson, would permit all county sheriffs to use radar regardless of population.  Read his bill here.

Each year numerous bills are introduced to change the rules about radar, this year will be no exception. 

What do you think?  Radar for sheriffs -  good idea or bad idea?

We've posted a new poll on the issue so cast your vote.  

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe the speed limit for the Rez Autobon could be enforced.

Anonymous said...

No. No radar. There was a reason it was taken away from them to begin with.

Anonymous said...

@6:28 - Too many legislators getting tickets?

Anonymous said...

I'd rather them stop the reckless drivers, the one's going 10 below the Speed Limit and blocking the flow of traffic in the left lane (who are more likely to cause an accident when people going the speed limit have to work their way around them), and the drivers putting on makeup, eating their breakfast, talking on their phones, and everything else that the distracted drivers on Spillway do.

Anonymous said...

NO. They are the only police force that don't spend their time raising revenue from otherwise law-abiding citizens.

I would rather have the limited number of deputies patrolling the unincorporated areas instead of sitting in one spot running spead traps. Every deputy running speed trap duty is one deputy not protecting the citizens from the real criminals.

Anonymous said...

NO RADAR
The new sheriff has already shown he needs watching

Anonymous said...

No Radar!!! This Department is already bending to the point of being crooked (personal expirrence). They need to spend their time driving around and enforcing the current laws that we have on the books and not harassing the everyday citizen. That's what we have Flowood PD for.

Anonymous said...

No, need to be investigating. Speeds are pretty much regulated by congestion. If you can go fast by chance, it's only because no one is in front of you

Anonymous said...

Nice!

Anonymous said...

Here here

Anonymous said...

Well, I have said it before, and I will say it AGAIN for those that have a memory disorder. Radar is NOT necessary to control speed demons. However, it does require the patrol cars be ON THE STREETS, not parked and stacked behind the sheriff's office.

Anonymous said...

You folks talk as though you have no respect for our sheriffs. Shame.

Anonymous said...

When can we vote for the Sheriff again??
There has to be a better candidate.

Anonymous said...

Why vote for another Sheriff? The article says the SUPERVISORS of Rankin County asked our legislators to support it. Let's elect new Supervisors if this is the most pressing issue they have to deal with...

Anonymous said...

NO RADAR. I agree with the guy who said that any deputy running radar is a deputy who is not stopping the real crime. I like it when the Reservoir Patrol cruises through my neighborhood. If they were running radar traps, they wouldn't be on the streets catching the bad guys.

I'm going to call Wood Brown and tell him that he is not representing my interest.

Anonymous said...

7:12 - Better yet why don't you go to the next supervisors meeting and tell them all at the same time.

I will be there and tell them that they are representing my interest.

Anonymous said...

Our Supervisors think.....Well, I attended the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon this week, where the Board of Supervisors were the speakers. All of the Supervisors were present and one spoke for 45 seconds updating the business leaders of our county on the state and progress of our county. 45 seconds is what it took. If this is the type leadership we have, we have an issue. We need to seriously look at our "good ole boy" supervisors and evaluate the future of our county. I was embarrassed for them. I frankly could not believe that one of the others did not stand up and do a proper presentation, even on the fly. There were 5 or 6 questions answered, but it was a sad display of leadership.

Anonymous said...

no radar! stop wasting money, eliminate rez police?

Anonymous said...

Start with the snobby jerks from hidden hills who run our stop signs and then complain about our sub