"It scans the license for me, automatically inputs the information, and just generally helps me do my job," said Jeanne Cornelius, Webb City Police Department Officer.
Webb City Police Officer Jeanne Cornelius uses 1 of 2 new electronic ticketing devices purchased by the department.
"They take the place of a handwritten ticket. The typical Missouri ticket is 5 carbon copies. This is just 1 printed out copy and it eliminates any handwriting errors and eliminates eligible signatures and eligible handwriting of the officers," said Don Melton, Webb City Assistant Chief of Police.
A computer based record keeping system accompanies the new ticketing tool that is designed to streamline the data entry process.
"The officer comes back and inputs that information into a database, our office manager puts that into a database and then the court clerks input that same information from one ticker into a third database. This will allow the electronic transfer of data between the three databases," says Melton.
The electronic ticket writer is not only more convenient, but could also be safer for officers.
"I think it helps with officer safety issues because I don't have to spend as much time looking down," says Cornelius.
Although there aren't many advantages to getting a speeding ticket, this new device might make getting pulled over a little more bearable.
"It just decreases the amount of time that it takes. It decreases the offenders frustration with the contact because we're just not out there as long. And it frees me up to assist anyone else," says Cornelius.
Officers say using this new ticketing system helps reduce the amount of time spent on an average traffic stop by about 50%.