Nova Scotia

Halifax police get new electronic ticket tool

Halifax Regional Police now have a new electronic tool in their cars that should make it a lot more difficult for motorists to find loopholes that can help them fight traffic tickets in court.

Will make it harder to motorists to find loopholes to fight tickets

Halifax Regional Police now have a new electronic tool in their cars that should make it a lot more difficult for motorists to find loopholes that can help them fight traffic tickets in court.

Const. Amy Anistee was one of the first Halifax officers to test the new electronic ticket system and said it means police can spend more time catching offenders and less time writing tickets by hand.

"This is where the time-saving comes in because I can search for the section I want just by typing in some of the key words, for example, I can say 'speeder,'" Anistee said.

Compared to handwritten tickets, police say it cuts a huge amount of work in terms of data entry — and the chance of mistakes that make for successful court challenges, according to Supt. Bill Moore.

"Probably to the chagrin of some people, the system will pick up when it is December and going into January, that there is a year change, Moore said.

"It's going to allow, especially with updates, for instance when the province makes a change in the amount for fines we would have to get that out to all our officers, but now we simply do one simple update in the system and it will pre-populate the correct amounts."

The electronic ticket machines are a pilot project and expected to be installed in 90 Halifax police patrol cars sometime after a six-week trial ends.

It's funded through a cost-share program between Halifax Regional Municipality and the province. The cost to HRM is about $350,000, according to Wendy Mansfield, spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Police. 

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