Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Electronic Citations for Traffic Violations

January 27, 2014

An Oklahoma state senator has filed a bill to allow law enforcement officers to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinance violations.

A former police officer, Sen. Al McAffrey, said Senate Bill 1872 would protect law enforcement personnel during traffic stops.

“Allowing officers to issue electronic citations will help better protect them. If they don’t have to approach vehicles during traffic stops to give people tickets but can simply email traffic violation citations directly to the district court clerk then they’re less likely to get into a dangerous altercation,” said McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City.

The measure would add a $5 fee to the amount paid by defendants convicted of speeding (up to 10 mph over the speed limit), certain misdemeanor traffic violations, or a driving under the influence misdemeanor or felony.

A “Court Clerk’s Records Electronic Citation Fund” would be created in each county.

Sixty percent of the fee, or $3, would be credited to the fund and forty percent would be disbursed to the agency of the arresting law enforcement officer to help with the expenses related to the establishment and maintenance of electronic citations.

The District Court Clerk in each county would collect the fees and distribute them in the fund.

“Routine traffic stops are one of the most dangerous times for officers to become injured because they don’t know what kind of situation or individual they’re approaching. They’re walking up blind,” said McAffrey. “We need to provide better protection for them by not putting them in harm’s way unnecessarily. By allowing them to submit electronic citations, they’d no longer have to leave the safety of their car.”

Source: Oklahoma Legislature

Latest Comments

  • October 10, 2014 at 10:31 am
    John Handshy says:
    I sure hope that McAffrey pulled the bill. This is unconstitutional and fraud. No sworn information by the cop and you are still required to go to court. Traveling in an autom... read more
  • February 10, 2014 at 12:54 am
    Thom Slawyer says:
    There are serious issues with the concept. Individuals going between private destinations are not "Traffic". Watch, the language is very sneaky. 'Traffic' statutes apply to fo... read more
  • January 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    I think you misspelled a word, Benjamin says:
    Should the last word not be "bull"?
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