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WICHITA, Kansas – If you break the law while driving in Wichita, you could get a different kind of ticket.
Wichita police officers will start handing out eCitations beginning Tuesday.
After a police officer pulls over a driver, the officer will be able to swipe the driver’s license through a card reader, enter the violation information and then print the ticket.
The printer will be in the patrol cars. It prints out a ticket that looks similar to a grocery store receipt.
The police force is going to the electronic ticket to increase accuracy, and it’ll also shorten the amount of time an officer has to stand in risky traffic conditions.
“If you look at the line of duty deaths for officers every year, there are a number of them that are traffic related. Officers have been hit when they’re out in traffic, and we don’t want to have that happen here of course,” said Capt. Darrell Atteberry, Wichita Police Department.
With this new system comes fewer illegible tickets meaning fewer taxpayer dollars spent on municipal court.
Twenty officers are being taught the new system to train other officers on how to work the equipment.