In a move on Wednesday meant to “improve road safety,” the provincial government introduced legislation to bring electronic roadside ticketing to BC’s roads.
If passed, amendments to the Offence Act will authorize new processes that will more quickly flag dangerous drivers for additional, safety-related sanctions, up to and including licence suspension.
In turn, the government said, these changes are expected to help prevent crashes and save lives.
The move is meant to improve the speed at which tickets are processed through the system, as well as eliminate data entry errors that can arise from a paper-based system.
Currently, the data from roadside tickets is entered up to four times by police, ICBC and court staff, and others.
Next spring, a number of police agencies throughout BC will test electronic ticketing devices and processes on a pilot basis. This pilot will inform a province-wide roll-out of eTicketing.
“This new technology… helps us to intervene more quickly with dangerous drivers by getting critical information entered into databases in real time,” said BC’s Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety, Mike Farnworth in a release.
“Modernizing this process allows police to spend less time on the roadside writing tickets, and allows drivers to pay their bills more conveniently.”