When was the last time you wrote a note to someone using pen and paper? Our guess would be that it has been a while. Don’t be mistaken, there is a place for it, not for traffic citations.

We are seeing more and more agencies moving away from handwritten ticketing and adopting electronic citation as their go to, and there are many reasons why.

Because officers have to stand on the side of the road and manually write down all of the details at the scene, pen and paper ticketing takes too much time, has a higher likelihood of errors, is not easily transferable, and can, in fact, put officers in harm’s way. The justification for switching a department to electronic ticketing could not be more clear.

Let’s dive into some specifics about handwritten and electronic citation methods in the figure below, with a side by side comparison of handwritten citations to eCitations.


out with handwritten citations, in with ecitation

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eCitation saves time by automatically capturing motorist information with the scan of a driver’s license barcode for an automated citation transfer process that officers use to enhance and streamline their policing time.

In addition to the information auto-populated. The 4910LR Driver’s License Reader can also collect:

  • Gray-scale images including radar readings, driver’s license photos, crash sketches and more

Here’s How it Works:


ecitation flow chart

Why Do I Need This?

Investing in electronic ticketing has clear benefits when directly compared pen and paper ticketing.

The Handwritten citation process is slow and labor intensive whereas e Citations streamline an agency’s policing activity and increases operational efficiency.

We’d be happy to talk with you more about e-Citation equipment and work with you put your solution together to meet your unique needs.

Contact us today, or click here to learn more about eCitation and the 4910LR DL Reader.