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Posted on: April 3, 2018

[ARCHIVED] New electronic police citations save paper, time and money

The South Fayette Township Police Department is launching an electronic system for issuing traffic warnings and citations.

“It saves a lot of time and effort,” police Sgt. Mike Wesolek said. “It’s not a paperless system, but it saves a lot of paper.”

The web-based program called TraCS—which stands for Traffic and Criminal Software—is accessible via the laptops inside the police cars. Officers log in, enter the citation information and immediately print a paper copy for the motorist using a small in-car printer.

The TraCS citation is then electronically sent to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, which processes the data into the Pennsylvania Magisterial District Justice System, including the magisterial court of District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet.

The traditional system involved expensive, 4-part carbonless copies and a time-consuming, largely manual process.

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