Report: Digitizing Virginia State Police tickets could make traffic stops last half as long

No driver wants to sit on the side of the road upwards of 20 minutes waiting to get a speeding ticket. And with cars whooshing by a few feet away, state troopers don’t want to be stuck doing roadside paperwork any longer than they have to.

But there may be a way to make traffic stops less of a hassle for everybody, according to the Virginia State Police.

In Northern Virginia, the agency has started a two-year trial run of an electronic summons system that digitizes the ticket-writing process, allowing troopers to enter information into a computer – partially by scanning driver’s licenses and vehicle registration cards – instead of filling out paper forms by hand.