Milledgeville PD found a way to deploy e-citation–as well as cutting edge license plate recognition (LPR) technology. Working with gtechna, an e-citations integrator and Zebra partner, the department funded the project through a unique pay-per-ticket electronic citations solution. gtechna develops solutions to automate monitoring, issuance and management of law enforcement activities for traffic, parking and by-law agencies in North America.
Milledgeville is the first in the nation to deploy e-citation and LPR together through a pay-per-ticket program. gtechna’s program enables departments to pay for the solution out of tickets issued, eliminating any upfront costs. The department went from manual ticket issuance to a high-tech setup in patrol vehicles, including Lenovo laptops and Panasonic Toughbooks, 3M LPR cameras, and Zebra RW420 printers, the latter of which the department chose based on gtechna’s recommendation.
“Zebra came highly recommended for its reliability and durability for the rugged market,” Cowart said.
For Milledgeville, rugged means standing up to humidity and temperatures in excess of 160 degrees in closed vehicles in the Georgia summer. The direct-thermal printers take up very little space in patrol cars or parking carts, and monitor battery life automatically.
The department rolled out e-citation to all traffic and parking officers. When an officer makes a traffic stop, he or she scans the individual’s driver’s license to populate the system and the ticket automatically.
Officers enter only the type of violation and case number manually. The officer prints out a ticket in the vehicle and hands it to the driver.
“Our officers love e-citation, the ease of it. They just type in the court case number and choose a violation code, and in a couple of clicks it’s done,” Cowart said. gtechna configured Milledgeville’s ticket layout with the required information. The front includes the license information, tag number, offense and a comments field while the back comes pre-printed with wording required by the state.
Two patrol vehicles are outfitted with LPR cameras, a force multiplier that flags motorists with violations such as suspended or expired licenses and expired tags (unpaid insurance)–violations that are not usually discovered unless a routine traffic stop is made. Parking officers have a similar setup. They carry handheld devices and carts with LPR cameras and the RW420 printers. LPR cameras scan tags of parked vehicles, pull vehicle and location information, and automatically record the length that they have been in spots. When a ticket is necessary, officers simply print it out and leave it on the windshield.
Twice a day, a clerk uploads traffic and parking violation data wirelessly to Milledgeville’s court system, eliminating data entry for dispatchers.