Hattiesburg police roll out e-citations

Hattiesburg police roll out e-citations
Lt. Harris Tapp issues an e-citation
e-citation setup
e-citation setup

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police are going high-tech when it comes to writing tickets. Officers are throwing out ticket books and welcoming electronic citations.

"When an officer issues out a citation to somebody, the copy that he is writing on the top piece of paper, there is three more pieces down there and the bottom piece is the one the violator is going to get, so the issue of legibility comes up,” Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said.
The motorcycle units are the first ones in the traffic division to put the e-citation systems to the test.
According to Traxler, each of the systems, the tablet and the printer averages around $3,100.
“All around this is a cost saving method that works better for everyone involved,” Traxler said. “(Violators) don’t see what's written on there, they may miss their court date, and the person’s license may get suspended, different things like that.”
The departments plan is to have the e-citation setup in every vehicle.
“This is going to eliminate a lot of inconsistencies or mistakes that are made strictly because there is a legibility issue,” Traxler said.
Traxler said the motorcycle units are still in the testing phase, just to be sure everything transfers over correctly with the state and court system.