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DRIVER'S LICENSE SCANNER IN USE BY SHERIFF'S DEPT.

A new system that uses a bar code scanner to read a driver's license may soon be inside every Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department vehicle.

Currently, one deputy is using the new electronic citation- and accident-reporting system. The state Division of Criminal Justice Services is pushing for the entire county to come online in the next year.

All the deputy has to do is scan the back of a license and type in the driver's license plate number. That information, along with the date and time, is then printed on the ticket inside the patrol car.

According to Sheriff Joseph Gerace, a pilot program using the new technology began last year.

The county has been awarded more than $25,000 from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to make all Sheriff's Department vehicles compatible.

Using the system would cut back on the amount of paper filed and sent to the state, Gerace said, and will also allow for easier transfer of information. In addition, he said, it saves money for the county.