KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Every year the Washington State Patrol handles nearly one million traffic tickets. And in the Tri-Cities, those tickets are still all hand-written. Troopers say that handwritten tickets require them to fill in 30 boxes.
But in parts of the state, troopers are now experimenting with an electronic ticketing, which many troopers say is saving them a lot of time. But, more importantly, they say, it can help keep them safe by allowing them to keep their eyes up.
Trooper David Brandt says, "If we're constantly writing a ticket we're not focused on the violator, or the car on hand, or the cars behind us, or just our environment, where we like to be aware of everything to keep ourselves safe."
Troopers say the electronic system also helps make sure ticket information is accurate. Washington State Patrol is doing a test on the electronic program now, with results expected in the fall.