Local police department will soon be able to text you a traffic ticket


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WINDCREST, Texas — It’s a thought actually not accomplished earlier than, and it’s about to occur in Bexar County: Getting a traffic ticket despatched to your cellphone with out an officer pulling you over. One police department will be the primary all through the nation to take a have a have a look at it.

“It’s not a 100% resolution, however it’s a step ahead in the best course,” stated Val Garcia, President & CEO of the Trusted Driver Program.

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Garcia is one amongst 5 former SAPD officers who’re a a a part of a 12-member group that created and developed Trusted Driver. 

“We’re proud to nonetheless give again with what we’ve gained with our expertise as a regulation enforcement officer,” stated Garcia. 

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All members of the group with a background in regulation enforcement come from completely utterly totally different sectors.

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“The patrol degree, we now have a person who frolicked in investigations, we now have a person who frolicked on the techniques and people sorts of models that contain how officers deal with sure conditions,” Garcia outlined. “Most significantly, we now have a person who spent his profession as a SAFFE officer on the east aspect of city.”

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Trusted Driver isn’t an app.

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It’s a web-based program the place drivers can keep away from seeing a police officer face-to-face, and as a substitute get a ticket by means of text message.

“If we reduce these interactions only for minor traffic violations, they’ve extra time to dedicate to critical crime like DWI’s which can be on the street, reckless drivers, racing,” stated Garcia.

To get began, you want to register for this methodology at mytrusteddriver.com. Enter your information on Trusted Driver’s internet web page to create a profile. Embrace any disabilities or medical circumstances police want to know. All information geared up is safe and encrypted. No information is shared with third events.

“If you’re deaf, if you have PTSD, autism, a medical situation like diabetes or a bodily incapacity however you’re nonetheless allowed to drive,” stated Garcia. “It actually offers an officer data sooner within the area to deal with a traffic cease if it does happen and be able to deescalate.”

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After you register as a Trusted Driver, any time you commit a minor traffic violation, police will not activate their lights and pull you over.

As an alternate, an officer runs your license plate, verifies that you’re the driving drive, calls up your Trusted Driver information and sends a text with a warning or quotation to your cellphone.

“The cellular phone has to be hands-free and mounted in your automotive and by transportation code, you’re allowed to reply to a notification – identical to an AMBER alert,” stated Garcia.

For residents who want to contest their ticket, all courtroom proceedings can be dealt with virtually as accurately by means of this methodology. Trusted Driver is free and residents can decide out at any time.

This system will launch with Windcrest Police and will solely be obtainable to drivers who maintain there, for now.

“We’re very proud…We hope that we now have a lot of participation,” stated Captain Jimmie Cole of the Windcrest Police Department. “I do imagine it’s most likely one thing that’s going to unfold most likely totally throughout the nation.”

It’s a historic collaboration with the goal of bettering security on the roads for residents and police, whereas limiting these anxiety-ridden interactions of getting pulled over.

“Traffic violations will not be a type of interactions that almost all residents need to have with their police. This removes that from the equation,” stated Cole. “It additionally offers our officers a possibility to work together with members of Trusted Driver the place they don’t difficulty a quotation. ‘You’ve bought a tail mild out, each time you need to maintain that.’”

Via Trusted Driver, police are furthermore able to ship optimistic messages to drivers who’re doing a stellar job obeying traffic approved pointers.

This system launches Saturday in Windcrest, and there are hopes to ultimately broaden to utterly totally different cities. 

To be taught additional about Trusted Driver, and if you’re fascinated about registering, Windcrest Police and builders of this methodology will be on the Civic Middle in Takas Park Saturday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. Meals and door prizes will be geared up.

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