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Pa. is the only state offering police traffic app

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 27, 2015 7:24 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Police in Pennsylvania now have a more efficient way to search for information when they pull over a motorist. 

The web-based application known as "Traffic Stop" combines data from multiple sources including PennDOT, State Police, and the state court system.

Dan Egan is a spokesman for the state Office of Administration, which administers the app through the Pennsylvania Justice Network.

He says it provides state troopers and police officers with an easier way to obtain information -- such as determining if a vehicle is stolen or a wanted person is behind the wheel -- once they've pulled over a motorist.

"What the traffic stop application does is allow them is to get that information through basically two simple queries, so they can be alerted to potentially dangerous situations sooner and be able to respond appropriately and be safe on the job and overall, improve public safety by being more efficient," he says.

Pennsylvania is the only state utilizing this system and Eagan says other states have looked to the commonwealth for guidance on how they can replicate "Traffic Stop."

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