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Electronic ticket writers streamlining process for law enforcement

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BATON ROUGE - A handful of electronic ticket writers in use by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office are being credited for streamlining the ticket process and reducing human errors.

Recently, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office received 10 through a grant. They cost about $2,500 each, not including software and maintenance. 

The ticket writers can scan drivers' licenses and tell whether there are flags or suspensions on them. The technology comes with Wi-Fi and a portable printer, and immediately syncs the data to the sheriff's office and courts at the end of a shift.

"It's more cost efficient for us," East Baton Rouge Parish Public Information Director Casey Hicks said. "It's a convenience factor for those receiving a citation, and it also eliminates human error."

The ticket writers are primarily used for non-felony traffic offenses. They are so helpful, there's a push to get more.

Currently, Clerk of Baton Rouge City Court Lon Norris said there's a push to spend nearly $200,000 to buy nearly 35 electronic ticket readers for Baton Rouge Police. Norris said that order should be placed in the next two months.

As for the sheriff's office the 10 deputies using them are adjusting to the big change that ultimately makes their jobs easier.

"We sued to have four hard copy tickets," Hicks said. "sometimes there was human error with numbers or information wrong, so we are getting rid of that human error."



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