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New app helping police lose paper trail

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/04/2016

Issuing New Zealand motorists a fine is now as easy as taking a photo.

From Wednesday, police are now able to use their mobile phones to scan a motorist's licence to issue infringement notices, rather than having to hand write or type them up.

If a person is stopped for a driving offence, the officer can now scan their licence and it will be automatically recorded into their system and it'll be issued via the mail within seven days.

Road Policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally says that while police don't want to issue notices, it's hoped the new technology will get drivers on their way again faster.

"This will reduce the amount of paperwork for staff and provide a greater opportunity to engage in conversations with motorists regarding safer driving behaviour," Supt Greally said on Wednesday.

The changes will not affect the time available to take action in relation to a notice.

Police hope to add more tools onto the OnDuty application to cover other offences such as family violence or burglaries in order to free up more time for officers to prevent crime.

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