Lake Norman & Mooresville

Huntersville police hoping e-citations save money, time

A new program being used by the Huntersville Police Department could save the department money and save on officers' workload.

The town has begun using an e-citation program, in which select patrol cars use computer programs to input traffic citations.

That way, instead of getting a handwritten ticket from an officer, motorists will get a printout of their citation from the onboard computer.

The pilot program, which is used only in a handful of cars, is a free service from the state.

The system cuts down on the amount of paperwork officers face, and also creates a more organized way of doing things, according to Huntersville Police Chief Phil Potter.

“Everything is automatically forwarded on to the department,” he said. “You don't have to handwrite everything.”

Other departments around the state already use the system, including the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Huntersville will have five patrol cars with the system in it initially. Potter said the town will try it out for six months, and then determine whether to buy the system for the other 50 patrol cars owned by the town.