On Tuesday, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County demonstrated a new electronic ticket system for traffic tickets. Instead of writing out a traffic ticket, the police officer will plug in the information on a computer and the information will be immediately transmitted to the police department and the Clerk of the Court. Judges will be able to view tickets on a computer and there will no longer be any second guessing the officer's writing on the ticket. The county is paying the cost for the new system to hand out traffic tickets. Some towns are paying up to $900 to place a printer in each squad car so as to make sure you get a copy of the ticket. The system is expected to be in place by the end of the year. The counties surrounding Cook County are also working on similar systems.
Our local governments are continually looking for more efficient ways of collecting money from their citizens.
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