Campbell police move to E-ticket system

Published: Fri, November 3, 2017 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Graig Graziosi


Receiving a traffic ticket is never an enjoyable experience, but the Campbell Police Department hopes its newest equipment will help expedite the process and, ultimately, offer better service to the public.

Electronic-ticketing systems have been installed in all eight of the city’s police cruisers, thanks to a pilot program from the Ohio Department of Public Transportation.

The Campbell department is one of the only departments in Mahoning County using the system. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has been using it since 2015.

Police Chief Dennis Puskarcik said the new system ultimately will save the department money and will help prevent mistakes and discrepancies on the tickets.

“It’s an investment initially, but rather than buying ticket books in bulk, we’ll be printing only the tickets that we need,” Puskarcik said. “We’ll save money in the long run.”

Rather than issuing citations from books of paper tickets, police now will scan motorists’ driver’s licenses and fill out the reason for the ticket. That information is then sent to be stored on a server at the city’s administration building.

Much of the information officers previously had to fill out by hand – such as the date, time, etc. – will be done automatically by the computer.

Once the information is filled out in full, the officer can then print a citation from an in-vehicle printer to give to the driver.

“It’s advanced technology, and the state is giving it away, so we took advantage of the opportunity,” Puskarcik said.

In addition to the police department, the Campbell Municipal Court’s probation officer also will have access to the system, allowing the court to cross-check traffic stops with the names of individuals who are on probation.

Though the ODPT provided the e-ticket equipment, the city was left to purchase its own server.

Municipal Court Judge Patrick Cunning, upon learning of the need for the server, decided to purchase it using court funds. The server cost $8,824.

Judge Cunning said he chose to buy the server because he wanted to ensure the information collected during traffic stops was stored securely. He said using a singular server would be an added security measure.

“I like to support the police department however I can,” Judge Cunning said. “I believe this system is going to be the way of the future.”

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