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A faster way to get ticketed
New electronic system scans barcode of driver's license
Kim Norvell. St. Joseph News-Press. May 1, 2011
Highway traffic tickets may look a little different now, with new technology in troopers' cars.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has introduced an electronic ticketing system that will automatically print a violator's ticket, right in the trooper's car.
The system is called FATPOT, a more streamlined production of the patrol's old system.
Instead of having to hand-write a ticket and then manually enter the information into the system, troopers now can simply scan the barcode of a driver's license, which will auto-populate the driver's information onto the ticket and into the system. That information, along with the specific charges and payment information, will be printed on a machine in the trooper's back seat.
"Since everything's electronic, it saves on time," said trooper Kyle Seabaugh. "You can do things pretty quick now."
Mr. Seabaugh demonstrated a ticket created for a seat belt violation, which from the time he pulled the car over to the time the ticket was printed, took only 10 minutes. He said depending on the circumstances, that ticket would have taken at least 20 minutes the old, handwritten way.
For violators, the face of the ticket will look the same. All the driver's information (name, date of birth, address, etc.) will be added from the information on his or her driver's license. However, the back of the ticket, which used to be blank, will now be filled with payment information.
Patrol Sgt. Sheldon Lyon said most of the troopers who are used to writing tickets the old way will continue to do so until they're comfortable with the new system, so as not to keep a violator waiting too long for the ticket.
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