The Estonian Riigikogu approved of an amendment to the Code of Misdemeanour Procedures, which enables law enforcement officers to start using video recordings as official evidence in traffic law enforcement, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
This means that the time for a misdemeanour proceeding falls from the current 30-40 minutes to 20 minutes when video evidence is used, enabling to save an estimated 70,000 work hours a year.
"One picture tells more than a thousand words, as we know. In addition to reducing the time needed, using video evidence rules out possible human error and raises the quality of misdemeanour proceedings considerably," said interior minister Ken-Marti Vaher.
The law still has to be promulgated by the president; the traffic police starts using video evidence from August.