Caraway police use new technology for quicker, safer traffic stops

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - If you visit Caraway and get pulled over by police, don't try to give the officer a fake identity.

The department just purchased new technology that will catch you in your tracks.

"This will allow our officers to know exactly who they are dealing with," Caraway Police Chief Shannon Kelems said.

Caraway hopped on the technology train by getting a new E-ticket system, which many larger departments use.

By the scan of a license, the E-Ticket system will give Caraway officers all the information needed about the driver on a traffic stop.

"A photo will pop up of that individual's license, among other information," Kelems said.

The system will help Caraway police put a problem to rest as they toss paper tickets aside.

"When that photo pops up, we'll know now if they give a false name," Kelems said. "With our paper tickets, if they give us a cousin or brother's name, that's all we have to go off of. Once we check the radio with dispatch, they give us the return and give them a citation on paper ticket."

The new system is believed to make traffic quicker, safer and more efficient, according to Kelems.

Each patrol vehicle will get an E-ticket kit that includes a laptop stand and a license scanner.

Along with the new ticket system, each officer got bulletproof vests, which are also knife proof.

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