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Valley PD upgrades ticketing system

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VALLEY, AL (WTVM) -  A quick swipe of a driver's license is all is takes for Valley Police Officers to pull up the information they need to write a traffic ticket.

Input the offense and print- the ticket is automatically in the state's system thanks to the department's new electronic citation system.

"Printing one off with this new E-Citation we have now will decrease the amount of time an officer spends on a traffic stop on the side of the road therefore decreasing the possibility of another motorist injuring the individual we have stopped or the officer themselves. It takes us maybe a minute or two to print one out using this new E-Citation," said Sergeant Duane Vallia.

"We feel that this is going to speed up our traffic stops. The process of issuing citations will be a lot more efficient. This will also give the officers more time to concentrate on the violators and less time doing paperwork," added Chief Tom Weldon.

Other local and state agencies already use the system but for Valley, it's all new. The computers and printers are courtesy of a Highway Safety grant.

"What it all boils down to is the quickness and speed of being able to get it out of the way and get back on the road and answer that next call," Sergeant Vallia said.

The last of Valley's officers are finishing up their training on the new system.

The Chief hopes to get more electronic stations to put in every squad car.


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