Reporting Michelle Durham
By Michelle Durham
BELLMAWR, N.J. (CBS) - Seven New Jersey Departments have pooled resources to purchase a Quick Ticket system, which allows officers to issue traffic tickets right from the computers in their police cars. The department chiefs are thrilled the cost of the system and maintenance can be shared and not burden any particular community.
Bellmawr police chief Bill Walsh says this system provides something money can’t buy — safety — because it’s been challenging in the past for the officer to write the tickets and keep an eye on his or her surroundings.
“The officer doesn’t have to worry about looking down at the ticket on the seat. Therefore, his focus is off the operator of the car or occupants of the car for his safety. Saves a lot of time because it takes a lot of time to write the ticket. And it frees him up for other duties he can do. The tickets are legible. They can be paid online with a mobile device or pay at the courthouse if you wish.”
It also saves manpower hours back at the courthouse because handwritten tickets needed to be manually keyed into the system. With the new system, they are transmitted there automatically.
So when do the departments start using it?
“We’ve been using it, have been for a month and a half,” Walsh says Magnolia, Gloucester Township, and Oaklyn “will be up in the next couple of weeks.”
Click the link to see how the system works: www.youtube.com/glotwppolice