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February 9, 2014

County considers ticket program

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board members will vote Tuesday on a contract for a five-year project through the county’s circuit clerk’s office at the board's monthly meeting.

The five-year contract with Advanced Public Safety of Deerfield Beach, Fla., calls for the county to pay $99,570 for the programming, set up, updates and maintenance of a new program computerizing the traffic ticket process for all law enforcement in Vermilion County. The total would be paid in five installments.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex, 7 N. Vermilion St.

Circuit Clerk Denny Gardner said the contract and program is the latest step in his office's effort to go paperless. Five other counties, such as Winnebago County in northern Illinois, have similar programs.

Through the program, officers ranging from city police and county deputies to township officers, state police and even conservation officers would be able to hand out traffic tickets using the already existing computer systems in their squad cars. Some departments, such as Hoopeston police, do not have computers in their cars but would be able to take part upon getting systems installed.

Gardner, a former Vermilion County deputy, said the officers — using a pull-down menus system — could complete traffic tickets in minutes. In addition, the new programming would allow officers to hand out court dates for the traffic offender and include on the ticket other information such as details of the offense, how to plea or take the case to court.

Officers then need only find a WiFi hot spot to upload the ticket information to a cloud memory location, which Gardner's office would then download and begin to set up court files for. Gardner added some departments already have Internet connections, allowing them to upload the tickets on the spot.

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