Miss. Senate OKs county radar bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Drivers on county roads might want to think of easing up on the gas pedal.

A bill that passed the Mississippi Senate 31-18 Wednesday would let sheriffs use radar to catch speeders on county roads.

The bill might die in the House. Sheriffs have tried for years to get permission to use radar.

David Baria, a Democratic senator from Bay St. Louis, said there have been an unusually high number of traffic deaths on the Gulf Coast lately, and radar might help control that problem.

Republican Billy Hudson of Purvis served eight years on the Forrest County Board of Supervisors. He said parents used to beg the supervisors to stop people from using rural roads as racetracks.