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E-citation program approved

October 24, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies soon will be able to issue electronic traffic citations.

A state grant approved Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners will allow the sheriff's department to buy scanners and printers for police vehicles. That equipment will be used to scan license and registration information and print citations electronically.

Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said officers no longer will have to write out citations.

"It's going to save a lot of time, both for officers and violators," Mullendore said.

The electronic citations will be issued for all traffic violations. In cases where more than one charge has to be issued, they can be combined on one electronic ticket. Deputies previously had to write separate citations for each violation.

The state grant was for $28,590. The sheriff's department will contribute $9,530 from its own budget for the program.

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