Nearly all city governments in Kane County are in the process of adopting the new system for traffic, parking, towing and other citations. Depending on the type of ticket, officers can print instructions for offenders narrowed down to the type of offense, such as details about notices to appear—even in multiple languages. With more information on tickets than before, offenders have everything they need to know regarding next steps.
Previously, the county purchased books of paper tickets. If an officer issued multiple tickets, the paper use added up quickly. Plus, because fields were static, any changes required by the state or municipality required them to reprint those forms.
With the Zebra printer, officers can print all tickets together without any wasted paper. The county can also easily add fields in the software to include more information on tickets as needed.
"The green aspect of printing is one of the biggest benefits. All the tickets are together so we save paper," Seyller said. "We also don't lose money by having to throw away pre-printed forms when the state mandates a change."
Offenders also no longer have the excuse of not being able to read tickets. Officers present printed tickets that are legible, which reduces confusion and calls to the police and county offices.
In addition to the thermal printer's compact in-car footprint, it has proven more durable than other printers that various municipalities have tried. Most importantly, simple printing on one continuous stream of paper reduces the time to issue citations, expediting traffic stops.
"After a successful trial of the Zebra printers, we are looking forward to rolling them out to the entire force," Bosshart added.