BINGHAMTON, N.Y. --The hand-held digital parking ticket device is the latest tool in the law enforcement's arsenal. It's a piece of technology that's very simple to use.
"They're kind of idiot proof. What they do is scan the registration, it gives us a read out and it's just a matter of us entering one section and bang, the ticket is printed," said Herb Simonds Jr. with the Binghamton Police Department.
Its simplicity seems to only be matched by its effectiveness. The city is expecting the device to help raise parking ticket revenues by $75,000.
Tickets can be issued much faster by machine than by hand. In the past the weather played a factor in lost ticket revenue, but not anymore.
"There's times when you know it's zero degrees out. You're trying to write tickets, the pens aren't writing well, maybe the description of the car wasn't legible and at that point if they get to court or something like that, it could be dismissed, where all this is printed out computer perfect," said Simonds.
The machine also shows the officer how many tickets are owed to the vehicle. If that number is three or more, they may put a wheel boot on the car.
The digital devices also come with a camera, which police can use to take a shot of how and where a car is parked and like the other features of the machine, it eliminates a lot of the confusion."
"Very legible, everything is right here. There's no guessing or tickets getting mutilated. They're all nice and printed out. You can't tear it, you can stomp in it, throw it on the ground, whatever you want and it's kind of indestructible," said Simonds.