Wiregrass Newsroom: Coffee County Gets E-Ticket Technology

New Brockton, AL (WSFA) -- Nobody likes seeing the blue lights in their rearview mirror, but at least now they're gone in a flash. The Coffee County Sheriff's Deptartment's new $20,000 E-Citation program makes ticket writing a little bit speedier.

"We're able to obtain information considerably quicker being that it is an online system," says Sgt. Michael Hines with the Coffee County Sheriff's Department.

The online system takes only the swipe of a driver's license, and all personal and tag information is uploaded onto a computer. The traffic offense is then entered and a ticket is printed.

It's a process that used to take anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes and is now reduced significantly.

Between the time it takes to swipe a license, and print a citation one could potentially be on his or her way within five minutes.

But along with the speed factor, there's another big help with a printed ticket.

"Some of us don't have the best handwriting in the world, and in the past you had to do it by hand. I know in my case, when my handwriting gets cold, I can't hardly read it," says Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth.

Now, instead of your information going through the dispatch center, the only person who knows about your ticket is the officer who issued it.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney