Automated system allows ticketing rain or shine

Teresa Wardyn’s job for the Salina Police Department formerly involved a fairly efficient, if rudimentary, method of identifying which drivers had exceeded the marked parking time limits in downtown Salina — a chalk mark on the back tire.
When it rained, though, chalking tires was a waste of time because the rain washed off the marks. Wardyn and her fellow meter maid, Kim Vincent — who are referred to by the department as community service technicians — used to work in the police department office on rainy days, helping the records department.
Now, a new automated citation process using handheld electronic ticket-writers not only lets the duo work rain or shine, it eliminates the need to re-enter data from paper tickets into the police and municipal court system and helps eliminate data inaccuracies.
It also enables the officers to better track repeat parking violators.
The automated system has been in use for less than a month, and the two technicians are using the system to give warning tickets only, for now.

Read more about the automated ticketing system in Tuesday’s Salina Journal.

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have not seen parking meter or meter maid in years. I know you can find them in the big cities but that is becaue they have millions of people and only a few thousand spaces. Have not seen them in small town USA in years. I think the reason most towns pulled them out was because downtown was dying because of the meters and the malls and strip malls started getting more people.

against parking meters says….
why do you assume just because there are parking meters you don’t need two people to do the job? Parking meters don’t stop people from taking up space beyond the alotted time. Just cost customers more money and gives them another reason to not go downtown to shop.
Hey for parking meters. Someone is going to have to write a ticket when the parking meter runs out of time and its not very logical to pull a patrol officer from the street to go write parking tickets.
For parking meters says….
Why are we paying people to drive up and down downtown Salina writing or printing up parking tickets. When the city could put up parking meters and cut the number of people in half needed to do the job.

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