Citations are issued by a number of law enforcement entities in Colorado including the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), Sheriffs Offices and Police Departments. Colorado does not require law enforcement agencies to use a uniform citation form. Each law enforcement agency may use its own citation form (as allowed by State statute) to document violations. However, the Department of Revenue (DOR) and law enforcement have worked together to develop a Uniform Summons and Complaint that is used voluntarily.
Does the state have an electronic citation data collection system?
An Electronic Citation Reporting System (ECRS) has been developed for Commercial Vehicle citations, but e-ticketing is in its early stages. The vast majority of citations issued are paper-based. There is some interest in electronic citations with several small projects underway or about to begin. The electronic citation process has been fostered by several State and local agencies. At the State level, DOR and the State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO) have been the primary proponents and have developed an agreed upon NEIM schema for the submission of citation data. Several law enforcement agencies have begun, or will shortly begin, the use of electronic citations
What percent of citations are collected electronically?
None as of year 2009.
Does the state have standardized coding of violations?
Does the state have a process/system for transferring citation data to the courts electronically?
The State is currently working on a process to send tickets electronically from the police officer’s vehicle to the court case management system.
Does the state have a centralized court information system containing court docket information?
There is no comprehensive collection of citation filing or dispositions data in Colorado, therefore there is no accurate number of citations issued, disposed or pending. While DOR is the official repository of driver history records, statutory directives divert a substantial number of citations from being reported to them. Additionally, driver history records contain only the adjudicated charge, with the exception of alcohol related citations.
Does the state have a process/system to electronically transfer court dispositions to/from the driver history file electronically?
Convictions from all county and some municipal courts are sent to the driver file electronically. Currently, 71 percent of convictions are sent electronically. Sixteen of the municipal courts, the larger ones, send convictions electronically. Half of these send daily and the other half weekly. The remaining (approximately 200) municipal courts send paper documents. Courts have the discretion to divert or defer convictions, and it remains reported that some courts withhold some convictions from the DMV. The DOR does not have the data to monitor courts that may fail to report.
Does the state have an impaired driver tracking system?
Crash involvement is recorded, and BAC is entered if an administrative notice for driving with a BAC over the statutory limit is written and sent for a driver involved in a crash.
Are there any plans to improve the citation/adjudication system?
A data dictionary and code tables are being planned for the electronic citation by the SCAO, DOR, Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and local law enforcement agencies. This NEIM compliant schema is expected to be in use by the end of 2009.
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