Handwritten traffic tickets could be replaced by e-tickets on P.E.I.

The P.E.I. government is looking at the idea of allowing electronic ticketing for police agencies across the province.

System would reduce errors and improve safety, say officials

With electronic ticketing, police officers would spend less time at the side of the road. (Twitter/RCMP)

The P.E.I. government is looking at the idea of allowing electronic ticketing for police agencies across the province. This would be instead of handwritten tickets.

The idea is to improve safety for officers and to reduce errors. 

Police vehicles would be equipped with electronic readers, in which a driver's licence could be directly inserted.

All of the information from birth date to driver restrictions would go directly into the reader, then a ticket with the charge and court date would be printed off. 

Fewer errors, improved safety

Officials with the province said that in jurisdictions where this is already being done, errors have been essentially eliminated.

The new system could also make things safer for officers.

 According to officials, writing one ticket currently takes about 10 to 12 minutes. Under electronic ticketing the time would be reduced to three and a half minutes, meaning officers would need to spend less time pulled over on the side of the road. 

The province did not give a timeline for introducing the electronic tickets on P.E.I. Officials said they are working on the design. 

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With files from Angela Walker


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