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Traffic Warrants To Go Paperless

Dana Nakasato Dana Nakasato
Calvin Ching Calvin Ching

By Zahid Arab

HONOLULU-- (KHNL) A simple traffic stop may soon get you into deeper trouble with new technology that gives officers a quicker look at your past.

It's called "eBenchWarrant" and it may soon accelerate an officer's ability to make an arrest. This new project hopes to drive that statistic down by turning to technology.

The papers are piling up, unserved traffic warrants are amounting to more than 50,000 in the state, and for the Hawai'i State Judiciary, the solution is a new electronic system.

"For people who don't appear in court when they're supposed to, they should be worried," said Dana Nakasato.

The new system will push the process of warrants paper-less, making information about a suspect's past available to an officer right away.Right now where they have to wait until someone physically goes and looks up their file and calls back the information.

"Getting that information into the right hands at the right time at the right place will make a big difference," said Calvin Ching.

"The paper part of it is so labor intensive if we can have a lot more things available electronically that's going to help everybody," said Dana Nagasato.

Part of a 2006 legislative initiative, the system costs nothing to taxpayers. "eBenchWarrant" allows officers to search information about a suspect's name, fines, it even pops up a Google map with directions to where they live. It's called an asset to public service and safety.

"The sooner we can get a document delivered to law enforcement, the sooner they can serve the document, the sooner we can get those people back into court," said Calvin Ching.

Paper to giving authorities more power, officials project it's a snappier way to serve.

Warrants dating back to 2005 will be uploaded into the system; hard copies of older ones will be kept on file.

While it's still in the pilot stage right now, "eBenchWarrants" is expected to be implemented by 2009.

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