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Police to test scanning gear

Maryland State Police are starting a pilot program to speed up traffic stops by using computer equipment in troopers’ cars to scan the bar codes on driver’s licenses.

The computer fills in the driver’s name and address for a traffic ticket and speeds the process of checking records for any outstanding warrants. The program also is designed to cut down on mistakes created when a trooper writes a ticket by hand.

Twenty troopers assigned to the Bel Air, Golden Ring and Westminster barracks are testing the technology until the end of the year.

“This is an exciting leap forward in the technological capabilities available to our troopers on patrol,” Superintendent Col. Terrence Sheridan said.

Greg Shipley, a spokesman for the state police, said officers in the pilot program are currently issuing warnings. After testing, troopers plan to issue citations through the system by October.

State police will offer the software developed in this program to other police departments free of charge.

State police are also working with the District Court of Maryland to develop an electronic transfer of citation information. The traffic violation data collected by troopers during the pilot program is being electronically transferred to the court as part of the testing process.


Man killed while helping motorist

A truck hit and killed a Caroline County man who was helping a stranded motorist, Maryland State Police said.

The incident happened Monday evening in Easton when Cory Ball, 31, was loading a disabled sport utility vehicle onto another truck. Police said Mr. Ball was struck by a pickup driven by Felix Sanchez, 49.

Mr. Ball was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Ball worked for Grant’s Automotive in Easton and was an eight-year veteran with the Denton Volunteer Fire Company. He was named Fire Officer of the Year in 2006.

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