In an effort to “help better protect” police officers, an Oklahoma State Senator is proposing legislation that would allow law enforcement to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinance violations without ever leaving their vehicles or interacting with offending motorists.
Democratic State Senator Al McAffrey, a former police officer, said that his legislation is designed to give officers the ability to issue tickets electronically and have a citations mailed to drivers by local courts.
“Allowing officers to issue electronic citations will help better protect them. If they don’t have to approach vehicles during traffic stops to give people tickets but can simply email traffic violation citations directly to the district court clerk then they’re less likely to get into a dangerous altercation,” McAffrey said.
What McAffrey doesn’t note in touting his bill is how much easier the legislation would make it for police to raise revenues through ticket writing. Imagine an officer sitting on the side of a busy highway with the ability to cite any vehicle that passes for anything he wishes without the worry of explaining the offense to drivers on the spot.
The measure would also raise the cost of tickets.
Via Insurance Journal:
The measure would add a $5 fee to the amount paid by defendants convicted of speeding (up to 10 mph over the speed limit), certain misdemeanor traffic violations, or a driving under the influence misdemeanor or felony.
A “Court Clerk’s Records Electronic Citation Fund” would be created in each county.
Sixty percent of the fee, or $3, would be credited to the fund and forty percent would be disbursed to the agency of the arresting law enforcement officer to help with the expenses related to the establishment and maintenance of electronic citations.
The District Court Clerk in each county would collect the fees and distribute them in the fund.
McAffrey’s legislation falls in line with a model of traffic policing that has been embraced throughout the Nation and led to a number of automated ticketing schemes.