BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker proposed a new way for police officers to log traffic citations.
Under the proposed bill, police would enter all information they now write on a ticket, into their cruiser’s computer system. This would move all paper citations to an electronic system.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles said the current process is too labor-driven. A citation is currently handwritten by an officer. It can take some time before that information is manually entered into the system.
State transportation officials want to give local police departments the option to issue electronic citations instead. It would make it easier for violators to pay and appeal fines immediately.
The officer would then use a mobile printer to print a copy for the drive, who would be able to pay the fine online immediately if they chose to.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles believes it’s a safer option for both police officers and drivers.
Erin Deveney, of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, told 22News, “By being able to reduce the amount of time that they have to handwrite a citation on the side of the road, we will be getting them off of the roadway.”
The software would be provided free of charge. Police Departments would have to buy the mobile printers. They cost about $1,500 per cruiser.
Officials said the proposed eCitations would enhance public safety, reduce processing time and costs, and improve the collection and quality of data.