Officers will begin this week issuing electronic tickets to motorists. Compared to the old style tickets used for the past 20 years, the new E-Tickets will look much like a department store receipt. In the past, officers were required to manually enter all of the violator’s information onto the paper ticket. With the new E-ticket, the officer simply enters the driver’s license number and the computer automatically enters all pertinent information for the ticket. The ticket is printed on an inboard computer and given to the violator. The ticket information is transferred to municipal court every 15 minutes and reduces much of the data entry requirements of the court personnel.
While there are many benefits to the new system versus the old, one major benefit is the reduction in time the violator will be detained. Also with this shorter stop time, the roadway is cleared quicker and the officer has less exposure to oncoming traffic, a real danger to the officer. Installation of the printers should be complete in all patrol units by the middle of October.
Patrolman First Class Shaun Scott using car computer in preparation for printing E-Ticket