Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cookeville Police Considering "E-Tickets"

Cookeville police chief Bob Terry says his department continues to explore ways to increase efficiency through the use of technology. He says there's a "fair chance" that the department may start using what are called "e-tickets," rather than having officers writing out citations by hand.  Although no decisions have been made, Terry says the devices work by scanning the bar code on the back of a driver's license and then entering the infractions on a handheld computer. Terry says if "e-ticketing" happens, it would save time not only on traffic stops, but on the need later on for data entry of hand-written tickets into the department's computer system.