18Apr

No driver wants to sit on the side of the road upwards of 20 minutes waiting to get a speeding ticket. Standing on the roadside writing a ticket also exposes law officers to dangerous passing traffic. But there may be a way to make traffic stops less of a hassle for everybody, according to the Virginia State Police.

The VirginiaMercury.com reports that the agency has started a two-year trial run of an electronic summons system that digitizes the ticket-writing process. This allows state troopers to enter information into a computer – partially by scanning driver’s licenses and vehicle registration cards – instead of filling out paper forms by hand.

Since last year, troopers participating in the test have seen average traffic stop times drop from 26 minutes per ticket to 10 minutes per ticket, according to a VA State Police report.

For the e-summons pilot program, participating state troopers are using Panasonic CF33 Toughbooks, which have removable monitors that work as standalone touchscreen tablets. The devices cost $7,442 each, according to an agency report. (Courtesy Virginia State Police)
For the e-summons pilot program, participating state troopers are using Panasonic ToughBook CF-33s, which have removable monitors that work as standalone touchscreen tablets. The devices cost $7,442 each, according to an agency report. (Courtesy Virginia State Police)

With the electronic ticketing system, the trooper still prints a paper copy to give to the driver. But case information is electronically transmitted to local courts, eliminating the need for manual data entry and cutting down on flubs caused by sloppy handwriting.

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