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APR 2019

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30 POLICE APRIL 2019 1) REDUCES ERRORS Creating fewer chances for mistakes leads to more accurate re- porting throughout the system. Possible errors in handwritten paper tickets include illegible writing, incomplete information, misplacing tickets, and vehicle code violations not being writ- ten down correctly. A full 10% to 15% of handwritten tickets are dismissed due to illegibility. In contrast, a mere 1% to 2% of e-citations suffer from errors, which translates to an impressive 98% citation accuracy for e-citation. While an officer's handwriting might be difficult to decipher, electronically submitted data and printed tickets use neat, uni- form type that is easy to read. And instead of entering data at multiple points throughout the system, with e-citation the in- formation is entered once and populated electronically across PHOTO: BROTHER MOBILE SOLUTIONS Electronic citation streamlines the ticketing process to benefit law enforcement and the public. 6 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT E-Citation E LECTRONIC CITATION or ticketing (e-cita- tion) is an automated form of creating and issuing citations to offenders, and collect- ing the related data. Instead of filling out a paper form during a traffic stop, a law en- forcement officer can scan the bar code on a driver's license and use the transmitted information to automatically populate a ci- tation form on an electronic device. e of- ficer can then print the citation for the mo- torist and send the citation digitally to the courthouse. Here are some other things you should know about this increasingly popular technology. Portable printers designed to work with e-citation software create easily read citations, unlike handwritten tickets that can be difficult to decipher. Melanie Basich

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