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Sheriff furious that radar bill died again this year

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told WLOX News that he's furious state legislators put the brakes on radar gun bill. According to Sheriff Byrd, two proposed bills that would have let the county purchase and use radar died in House committees this week.

The sheriff said more than 100 accidents happen monthly in the county, and 90 percent are speed related. Byrd said radar is needed to slow people down and save lives.

"It is the citizens who are suffering because people are dying on the county roads because of speeding vehicles," Sheriff Byrd said. "It is a shame that we can't use it. Law enforcement needs every tool it can get to enforce the law, and a radar gun is one of the tools. We have to pass the legislation."

Byrd plans to encourage local representatives to introduce a similar radar bill again next year.

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