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Opening Arguments


I'm guessing that anything that's less of a hassle for police will be more of a hassle for us:

Getting a traffic ticket in Indiana will soon become a little less of a hassle, at least as far as police are concerned. 

A new e-ticket system, which will be available later this year to law enforcement agencies statewide, promises to save time and money, cut the number of errors and free court employees from having to type information into computers.

It will, officials said, move citation writing from a sometimes barely legible handwritten affair into the computer age

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Writing tickets by hand has worked, "but not well enough," he said.

"Platoons of people" at various locations have to re-enter the information, which sometimes is hard to read, Shepard said.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell pointed out it takes about 15 minutes for an officer to write a ticket.

With the electronic system, that time will be cut to five to seven minutes. That can add up quickly, as troopers issue about 750,000 warnings and tickets a year, he said.

How many tickets don't even get written now because it's just too much of a hassle? How many more will be written because it will be less of a hassle, especially in the early days when this will all be a new toy? Drive carefully.


Tue, 09/04/2007 - 8:56am

Hey, maybe they'll hire the same vendor that computerized the BMV. If they can make traffic tickets disappear the way they do with license plate renewal statements, then I'm all for it.

Bob G.
Tue, 09/04/2007 - 10:48am

I'm only holding out hope for when our license plates become all BAR-CODES...LOL!



Tue, 09/04/2007 - 11:04pm

Bar-codes? Cool! Where do I sign up to get one for my forehead and right hand? I'll get to buy and sell...