TOPEKA, Kansas -- The Kansas Highway Patrol will begin issuing citations in a different form next week in part of the state, and would like to make Kansans and our travelers aware of the changes they may see if they are pulled over and cited.
All officers who are part of the Kansas Highway Patrol, including state troopers, motor carrier inspectors, and Capitol Police officers, will eventually be using an electronic form of citation, rather than the typical hand-written copies that people may be familiar with.
With support from the district courts throughout Kansas, the patrol will make the switch to electronic citations in the northwest region next week, and will switch the other six regions of the state over in the next few months.
"The e-citation system is an extremely efficient platform that will further our goal to provide professional, quality service to the motoring public, as well as to the courts throughout Kansas. This endeavor is another positive step in the right direction. We are pleased to be able to further enhance our partnership with the Kansas judicial system," said Captain Scott Harrington, commander of the Patrol's Public and Governmental Affairs section.
An important thing for motorists to be aware of is that for the new electronic citations, no signature is required.
Motorists should not notice much of a delay if they are being issued a citation, and the new electronic citations will not change the fine amounts for violations.
Court officials praised the Kansas Highway Patrol's e-citations system.
"From the court system's perspective, the e-citation program could result in added efficiency and accuracy in processing these kinds of cases," a court spokesman said.