BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Ever been stopped for speeding in Baltimore County?  Now a major technology upgrade will eliminate paper tickets, cutting down on the time you spend pulled over.

Mary Bubala reports it’s one of two dozen high-tech changes announced Tuesday.

Baltimore County officials say by next year, traffic stops will be more efficient for police and drivers.  Gone will be the cumbersome handwritten paper tickets.  They’ll be replaced by new, high-tech electronic citations.  It will cut traffic stop time from 20 minutes to just five.

“In the essence of efficiency, the ticket will automatically be downloaded to the district court,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Upgrades for the police department is just one of 23 initiatives Kamenetz announced Tuesday in Towson.  He hopes to have them all in place within six to 18 months.

“The total upfront cost of these projects is approximately $5 million and we expect to recoup the costs in as little time as two or three months and as outward as five years,” he said.

County residents will see tech upgrades in many areas, from the Department of Aging’s County Ride program to online permitting for building, plumbing and electric.  Police will also be able to complete crime reports from their cars.

“Violent crime in Baltimore County is at 1970 levels and I often say it’s due to the hard, old school police work, but technology has really made a difference.  It has, in fact, reduced crime in Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.

With web-based training, the police department reduced its in-service training by a full day.  That savings allowed them to put an additional seven police officers on the streets.

Comments (12)
  1. Beth Damico says:

    you get nothing? no paperwork at all? how do you know where to mail your money ? or what your fine is ? etc

    1. Matt says:

      Agreed, this should have been reported. Im sure there are valid answers to your questions, but for some reason they are not in this article.

  2. Steve says:

    Poor Article

  3. Frank Garrett says:

    They don’t give you anything?

    What if you are innocent and need to contest the ticket?

    This article sucks.

  4. Carl P says:

    Don’t speed and risk others lives and your own and you won’t these stupid questions. Good Day. : -)

    1. LadyLady says:

      Good point! 🙂

  5. Carl P says:

    ask…? lol

  6. ask says:

    I assume the time saving comes from them entering them in the electronic system instead of hand writing the ticket. Swiping your license, etc… Im sure it will print you a nice ticket for your records 😉

  7. liz says:

    Great for the Police and efficiency I guess but how do civilians know what the violation was how and when to pay or how to protest the ticket. More information should have been included in this post.

  8. blah says:

    These are some of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard. Do you really think the cop is just going to say “Ok, you’re getting a ticket now be on your way” without giving a copy to the motorist? No. The ticket is done on a computer in the cop’s car and it prints out a copy for the motorist and is also transmitted to the court.

  9. Sam says:

    If a computer prints out a copy, I assume it prints on paper. So much for “PAPERLESS” tickets.

  10. blah says:

    yes but it only prints one copy as opposed to the multiple copies that are used in a paper ticket. With a paper ticket, the cop keeps a copy, one goes to the court, one to the motorist, one to DMV and so on. But by the way, it doesn’t say paperless anyway, it just says it will eliminate the “handwritten paper tickets” 🙂

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