California Highway Patrol officers are continuing to increase their usage of Automated Citation Devices in select areas throughout the state.
The small handheld computer produces an electronically generated citation, which can be sent automatically to the local traffic court.
The Department began using the devices through a pilot program in March 2012 in three CHP Area offices, which were Westminster, Santa Ana and Capistrano. Four years later, the Automated Citation Devices are being used by CHP Area offices within seven counties, which are Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, Orange, Fresno, Merced and Kings. In the fall of 2016, the CHP will begin using the technology within Los Angeles County. Additional CHP offices throughout the state are expected to begin issuing eCitations in 2017.
“The expectation is that these devices will reduce the amount of time our officers spend on the side of the road and increase patrol time,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The side of a highway can be a dangerous place for an officer and the violator, and less time spent writing tickets allows more time for providing assistance to motorists.”
In addition to an increase in officer safety, the eCitations present an opportunity to reduce the amount of paper associated with issuing a citation and eliminate the need for the data to be entered manually by clerical staff at both the Area office and the court. Ultimately, the process is a time and money saver benefiting the public.
“The system will deliver greater citation accuracy and provide officers access to real-time statistics with a greater level of detail, which allows us to focus departmental resources where they are needed most,” added Commissioner Farrow.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service and Security to the people of California.