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Wichita police testing electronic ticketing

Published on -6/11/2013, 11:02 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- After months of delay, Wichita police began testing a new electronic ticketing system Tuesday in some of their cars, with a goal of saving money, writing more tickets and improving officers' safety.

The eCitation program allows an officer to swipe the driver's license through a card reader, enter the violation information and then print a ticket that looks like a grocery receipt.

The system, which costs about $500,000 to install, was originally approved last May and had been scheduled to be in place by the end of 2012 but several glitches delayed it, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/19lzNlG ).

The system will solve problems caused by officers writing illegible tickets, while also allowing officers to write more tickets, Wichita Police Capt. Darrell Atteberry said Monday.

The system could reduce the time it takes to write a ticket to 60 seconds from three to five minutes, he said, although he said the primary goal is to improve officer safety by reducing the time officers must stand outside their vehicles.

"If you look at line-of-duty deaths for officers, every year there are a number of them that are traffic-related," he said. "We don't want that to happen here."

If the system passes a two-week testing period, the department will install it all 175 police cars. It has an annual maintenance fee of $51,300.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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