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Witness Report In Traffic Enforcement
Witness Report In Traffic Enforcement (W.R.I.T.E.)
The Rockville City Police Department has initiated a program in which a citizen can report a vehicle for minor violations of the traffic code.

A citizen may call the Rockville City Police Department or complete an online form and with information given, such as date, time, location of occurrence, vehicle description, and briefly what offense took place, the Chief of Police then sends a letter to the owner of the vehicle describing the offense and urging compliance with the traffic code.

Addressing the Issue
A motor vehicle tag listing is obtained. The letter is then sent to the owner with an explanation that the vehicle had been witnessed on a particular date, location, and time committing a particular violation. The letter is written diplomatically in hopes that the owner will either correct his driving habits if he was the operator, or in the event of someone else operating the owner's vehicle, address the situation appropriately.

Program Success
This program has been successful in the sense of comments made by the recipients, particularly parents of young drivers or business owners with employee drivers.

This program also gives the complainant an opportunity to have a complaint addressed without the burdensome application of the judicial process of warrant, District Court summons process and court appearances.