They’re good at catching motorists travelling at unlawful speeds but when it comes to writing traffic infringements WA Police officers have let the digital age get away from them.
Now, in a move touted as “a giant step forward” for the force, officers’ 1970s method of using carbon copy pads with pencils will make way for electronic infringements.
The government is first to admit the pencil system has been inefficient – resulting in up to 180,000 handwritten infringements a year.
Officers have also been manually uploading infringements to a central processing system.
But from this month the force will begin using an electronic infringement app on their mobile devices, streamlining the process to allow them to access person and vehicle data from the device.
Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania already use this technology.
WA police and road safety minister Paul Papalia said it was a “giant step forward” that would improve efficiencies.
“It will mean less time spent completing administrative tasks and allow officers to spend more time policing the streets and the community,” Papalia said.
“It’s hard to imagine in this day and age our police were still using the archaic manual process of handwriting infringements.”