CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire State Police are now using an “eTicket” system that issues traffic tickets by computer from the trooper’s cruiser and automatically transmits the data to state agencies.

The ticket information is sent to the Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, where information is then sent electronically to the judicial branch case management system.

A similar eTicket process, using different software technology, is now being tested by police departments in Salem, Pelham and Windham and could be available to 140 local law enforcement agencies within the next six months.

The eTicket system has been used successfully by state police for the past year. Officials said it’s the first step toward establishing a central data bank that would also include eTicketing by more than 200 local police departments that now issue traffic tickets manually.

All DMV data on contested traffic violations from eTickets issued by state police on the scene or from paper tickets issued by local police is now sent electronically to the circuit courts. Electronic transmission from DMV eliminates the need for court staff to re-enter data from paper tickets into the court’s case management system.