MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

1998 Regular Session

To: Transportation

By: Representative Wallace

House Bill 478

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-3-519, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DELETE THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE MISSISSIPPI HIGHWAY SAFETY PATROL SETTING UP AND OPERATING RADAR ON HIGHWAYS WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF CERTAIN SIZE MUNICIPALITIES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.  

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. Section 63-3-519, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

63-3-519. (1) It is 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:

(a) 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;

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

(c) 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.

(2) The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol shall not set up radar on highways within municipalities with a population in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) but less than one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) according to the latest federal census.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.