Electronic Ticketing Program (Synopsis)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police—'F' Division

Description: In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) issued roughly 49,000 traffic tickets, all of which RCMP officers and Ministry of Justice employees had to process by hand. To reduce the time and cost involved in issuing and processing traffic tickets, RCMP ‘F’ Division and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice launched a new E-ticketing pilot program in November 2013. The new system uses in-car consoles and printers to quickly scan driver's licences, digitally record fine information and print tickets on the spot. Fine information is then uploaded to the Ministry of Justice’s Fine Collection Branch on a nightly basis.

The pilot initially involved four RCMP patrol cars: two in Pilot Butte and two in Yorkton. By the end of January 2014, more than 90 RCMP cruisers across the province were outfitted with the equipment.
Objective: The objectives of the Electronic Ticketing Program are to reduce the time and cost involved in issuing and processing traffic tickets, and to ensure that the information on each ticket is completely accurate and legible.
Outcomes: This program creates tremendous efficiencies for both government and police. The key outcome is expected to be a significant reduction in the amount of time and money spent on issuing, printing and processing tickets for minor traffic offences. In the long run, this technology could reduce the number of hand-processed traffic tickets by more than 50%, allowing the RCMP to spend less time on traffic fines and focus more on serious criminal offences. In addition, significant savings at the Fine Collection Branch and in the courts will more than offset the cost of upgrading the computer system.
Resources: Upgrading the computer system cost the Ministry of Justice roughly $250,000.
Province: Saskatchewan
Record Entry Date: 2015-03-01
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