Area law enforcement to issue electronic citations
EAGLE COUNTY — Technology is changing the way traffic stops are handled by several law enforcement agencies in Eagle County. Local law enforcement is moving forward with implementing an electronic citation system to streamline the process of issuing warnings and citations, as well as exporting the information to the State of Colorado Department of Revenue and local court report management systems.
The new system increases the safety of the officer and the individual stopped by reducing the amount of time on the roadside. With a scan of a driver’s license and the bar code on the vehicle, the device uploads all of the required information. Once the information is uploaded, the officer can enter the violation, input electronic signatures and the process is complete.
The electronic warning and citation system will allow for traffic data and motor vehicle accident investigations to be timelier, more accurate, complete, consistent and readily accessible in the records management system.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department and Vail Police Department are using these devices. The Eagle Police Department will also begin using the electronic devices by the end of the year.
A state grant paid for $151,840 of the project. Eagle County agencies provided $37,960 towards the remainder of the cost.
Eagle County is the second county in the state able to electronically upload citations and crash reports.
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