|Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – Anne Kramer|
|The Baltimore County Police Department will be rolling out a new pilot project that officials say will cut down on the amount of time it takes for an average traffic stop.
Officers will stop using their ticket booklets and instead use a computer program called E-tickets. The program is currently used by the State Police.
Colonel William Kelly of the Baltimore County Police Department tells WBAL Radio the technology should cut the average traffic stop from 20 minutes to 10 minutes.
He says after a traffic stop is made, the officer will take the driver’s license and swipe it through a reader in the patrol car that will then allow the officer to see all the driver’s current information.
At that point, the officer will punch in the violation and a copy of the ticket will print out for the driver.
Colonel Kelly says no longer will the driver have to sign the citation.
The program will also allow other police agencies to see the information and check if you have been pulled over in another area.
In the near future, the police department will put field based reporting into place. That will allow the officer to write the report on his computer in his patrol car and then send the information to his supervisor which will then be forwarded to the court system once it is reviewed and completed.
The E-ticket pilot project is expected to start on March 1st.