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No more paperwork: electronic collision reporting software to free up Edmonton police

EPS says eCruiser will also curb frustration for motorists.

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New collision reporting software is saving time and headaches for police and motorists.

Alberta Transportation and the Edmonton Police Service officially rolled out eCruiser on Monday, a program specifically developed for police vehicle computers to facilitate fully electronic collision reporting.  

Police spokesperson Clair Seyler said the main drive behind creating the software was cutting out paperwork and administrative duties for officers.

“Responding to a collision can take all day, for one collision. So this will be a lot quicker,” she said.

EPS became the first city in Western Canada to use mobile collision reporting when it launched the pilot project in June. Calgary police plan to log on by the end of the year.

Previously, officers would have to handwrite every form, meticulously taking down each driver’s information. With eCruiser, an auto-fill function takes care of that information as soon as the officer types in a licence plate number.

With less time spent filling out forms, officers are more free to respond to other calls.

The process should be less painful for drivers as well, as they now have quick access to online collision reports.

“Now they can go online and access as many copies as they like. If they lose their copy they can get another one, they can forward it to their insurance company – it just makes it very simple for those involved in the collision,” Seyler said.

“It should be a lot quicker and more accurate, because it eliminates that room of illegible writing or misunderstanding of handwritten reports.”
Terry Wallace, executive director of driver programs for Alberta Transportation, noted the program is also simplifying provincial collision data collection.

“We get the data faster and cleaner,” he said.

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