That’s not out of the question with new technology recently implemented in Ottawa County.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Todd said the electronic system used to input and print traffic tickets is a big time saver.
Not to mention the fact that he’ll no longer get calluses on his finger from pressing so hard to get through a 5-carbon copy ticket.
Local police agencies have already been using an in-car computer to run information on a vehicle and registered driver.
New software and a printer – implemented within the last few weeks — allow them to input the traffic offense and print a copy for the violator.
No additional written copies are needed because all of the information is now stored in a database, immediately accessible by administrative staff and court employees.
Todd said what once took a couple of days to get to the district court offices is now available in just a matter of hours.
Capt. Steve Kempker of the sheriff’s department said the county took the lead on the project because of the computer and software implementations needed for the court system, as well as the police cars.
Kempker said the whole process is a lot more efficient – just the next step in the county’s effort to use new technology.
“We will see more technology advancement in the next few years,” he said. This will include records management and dispatch computer aided design.
One of the immediate benefits of the software used for the e-tickets is the information gathered.
“It also creates a very valuable database for us for investigative purposes,” he said. “We can run a report for all people ticketed in a certain place during a certain time.”
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