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Ill. police to go high-tech for ticketing

Handwritten tickets about to become a thing of the past


By Matt Buedel
The Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA, Ill. — A long-anticipated transition to a more automated system of computer-generated traffic tickets is under way at the Peoria Police Department.

Beginning last week, officers in the traffic division became the first to use a program that automatically reads information from driver's licenses to fill out portions of traffic citations, then prints out violation forms.

Patrol cars will be the next to be equipped with the technology, essentially making handwritten tickets — and the subsequent processes of manually entering information into databases — a thing of the past.

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