With Officer Safety in Mind, Police Department Switches to Electronic Tickets

Citing officer safety as a prime benefit, the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department recently announced it is switching to E-TIX (Electronic Traffic Information Exchange) for issuing speeding and other traffic citations and warnings.

Using bar code information from a driver’s license, E-TIX accesses the driver’s personal and driving history information, and prepopulates citations with that data. This not only reduces the number of illegible, hand-written tickets, but also enhances officer safety. “It’s going to reduce the amount of time that officers spend on the side of the road, which is quite often a safety hazard to both the officer and the potential violator,” Prince George’s County Police Sgt. Michelle Reedy told WTOP Radio.

The E-TIX system was created in 2006 by the Maryland State Police. More than 35 agencies currently use the system in the state of Maryland.

More information about the switch can be found here, http://www.wtop.com/?nid=708&sid=1875431 and here, http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=96601.