The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) recently received a grant to accelerate convictions, dismissals, and updates in Georgia’s Electronic Conviction Processing System (GECPS).
“This support from GOHS will allow DDS to maintain the necessary levels of oversight and development of the GECPS program to continue to improve the accuracy and timeliness of our state’s citation processing system,” said DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore. “Funding for GECPS has allowed DDS to develop procedures that have reduced errors in conviction reporting to below 2.5%, train Court Clerks and Judges/Solicitors (virtually and in person) on GECPS and perform Desk Audits on non-compliant courts in the hopes of bringing them into compliance.”
This new award funds the GECPS outreach Program Manager, a web developer for program upgrades, and an auditor, who will work with courts to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data submission process.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with all of our highway safety partners to reverse the increase in traffic deaths we have seen in the United States in the last two years and the goal of this project is to prevent crashes and save lives on our roads,” Allen Poole, GOHS Director said. “We ask everyone to join the mission of saving lives on our roads by driving the speed limit, wearing your seat belt, staying off the phone when driving, and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
GECPS requires Georgia’s more than 900 courts to submit convictions in a standard format, and then correct and resubmit any convictions containing errors. In recent years, the GECPS program has undergone a massive modernization process, largely due to funding awarded through GOHS. This has contributed to improving the 83.08% citation acceptance rate in 2013 to having a current acceptance rate well over 97%.
Visit www.dds.georgia.gov for compete licensing and testing information including many online services that enable you to skip a trip to a DDS customer service center.