Lynnwood Police roll out electronic ticketing system

If you get pulled over in Lynnwood, you’re likely to spend less time on the side of the road.

Lynnwood Police officers have begun using a new electronic ticketing system. Rather than the old carbon-copy tickets, which can take several minutes to fill out, officers simply scan the bar codes on your license and registration. Your information is automatically displayed on their laptop computers. Officers then choose the violation and it prints out a ticket, which actually looks more like a receipt.

According to police officials, the e-ticketing system has three main advantages. It improves officer safety by reducing the amount of time spent on a traffic stop, there’s less data entry for court staff and it’s more accurate because it reduces human error.

The e-ticketing system cost $56,000, much of which was paid for by a federal grant.

  1. Let's see, Lynnwood … that's where the cops pull you over for suspicion of DUI because it's after midnight. Yeah, that's a very progressive city!

  2. Next thing you know, Lynnwood will be the first city to offer robotic police cars that pull you over and you're expected to walk up to the window and your ticket will drop out of a recepticle like a photo booth in the mall. Way to go, Lynnwood, you've found another more automated way to make money and drive consumers to friendlier cities.

  3. lynnwood – where you get asked for ID just walking around the transit center. your little slice of police state just north of seattle. i have to say there are 4 good things about lynnwood that i know of. it's east, west, south and north borders on the way out LOL.

  4. Electronic traffic ticketing has been being used in Washington State by different police forces since 2006 or so. It's nice to see Lynnwood catching up (and taking advantage of federal grants to implement!)

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