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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 7:20 p.m. MST

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fani
wj, UT

it is time to train cops how to read and pick correct names

DonP
Sainte Genevieve, MO

Hey that's nothing. I have heard social security numbers, names and addresses broadcast - in the clear -- on my scanner. Anyone with a cheap scanner could monitor police channels and have plenty of information.

Ranch
Here, UT

Fani, this is Utah where ticketing is a humongous money maker. It doesn't matter to the state if people lose their personal information or identities.

Vince Ballard
South Ogden, UT

The in car computer should "lock up" the information of the previous citation so as to prevent this sort of mistake.

Ironmomo
Ogden, UT

So did Allan notify the police dept of the mistake or was his first call to the press? I'm thinking the latter.

goodnight-goodluck
S.L.C., UT

lucky they didn't shoot him. but then again, it's heber not west valley city...

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

As a victim of Identity Fraud, some changes must be made.

1. Tickets should not include a social security number, ever.
2. The recipient of a ticket should be asked to verify that the name on the ticket is theirs.

I found a debit card in an ATM machine at work. First, I called the bank that issued the card, but only got a recording. I wanted to give my contact information and the card number so they could contact the owner and I could give it back. I only got a recording.
Next I gave the card to a company security officer. This clown filled out a "Lost Property Report" and wrote down the card number and expatriation date and then he gave me a copy. I handed it back and asked him to include the three digit code on the back of the card. He almost gave it to me.

What was he thinking?

rvalens2
Burley, ID

This is what happens when online database programs are not properly tested or vetted.

The only things besides the infraction that should have been listed on the paper copy are the person's name and address. Things such as: Social Security numbers, date of birth, telephone number, height, weight, color of eyes, color of hair should never be printed out on the ticket.

As bad as this one incident could have been (had the wrong person gotten a hold of her information) just imagine what will happen when a hacker breaks into the U.S. Federal government ObamaCare database and steals millions of names and identities.

By the way, a panel of computer experts recently testified before Congress that they would never enter their personal information into the online ObamaCare website. It's way too vulnerable.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Gosh, I wonder how that happened. Computer systems other than Obamacare all work perfectly.

maclouie
Falconer, NY

Government at it's best. If we pay the police more they wont make mistakes, will they.

With regards to ID theft: banks don't care, stores don't care (except for mom and pop stores who get stuck with the loss), police don't care, credit card companies don't care. They say they do but they don't do anything about it.

I owned a store (mom and pop) and had video of the thief. Nobody wanted it. They all have procedures to mitigate their losses and that's all. The thief is allowed to do it again.

Octothorpe
USA, UT

As I see it, why does anything more than the Name and drivers license number (along with vehicle information) need to be on a ticket in the first place? I fail to see why SSN, DOB, or even address need to be on the actual ticket as that information is already available to law enforcement in the drivers license database given a name and license number.

Spellman789
Syracuse, UT

I had a cop pull me over for speeding recently and when issuing the citation asked for my social security number. I asked him why he needed that and that I did not feel comfortable providing that information. He did not question me, said that's fine, and did not provide him my number. I also, unrelated, had a guy who came to my house to sell us a new water heater and when filling out forms asked for my social security number. I asked why he needed it and he said "So that I know it's you." I flatly refused, he left, and I did not have him come back.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Sorry, Ranch. In spite of your direct dig, Utah does not have a corner on the "Tickets for Income" market.

midvale guy
MIDVALE, UT

Looks like somebody needs to be written up. there should be no reason to have a Social Security number printed on the ticket even if it is entered into the system. Technically Social Security numbers are only to be used for Social Security and nothing else. Unfortunately colleges, law enforcement and other organizations use it like it is a VIN number for our bodies. Law enforcement should not be requesting Social Security numbers from anyone. It really is none of their business and a violation of our fourth amendment rights. This is just the beginning of the fight to preserve our rights. We as the public need to not allow our private information and activities to be recorded in any way without a warrant.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Just go back to the old way of writing tickets in a ticket book and give the person a signed copy like in the olden days. Make the cops do some extra work instead of relying on the computer and actually have to write stuff down in a legible manner. Problem solved.

I'd not be paying that ticket. My guess is that his info isn't even in the system because of the cops mistake.

Red
San Antonia, TX

Stop giving us tickets for speeding. That will solve the problem.

99% of people are driving safely anyway.

OneAmerican
Idaho Falls, ID

The program ought to have been written so previous information entered is no longer available once the citation prints and that you have to verify twice before printing.

Trudere
Provo, UT

In an arguably brave effort to cut down on junk mail, I often call the sender to have my name removed from their mailing list. Not long ago I called CapitalOne and gave the agent the address info on the brochure. He asked for the last 4 digits of my SS. Well, that was only the beginning of an unbelievably ridiculous exchange; I'll spare the other bizarre details. I have never done any business with the company and certainly never will.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

@Ranch
Can you name a state where speeding tickets are not "a humongous money maker." Better yet, name a state where speeding is not a significant contributing factor to motor vehicle accidents. Your undocumented implication that Utah is unique in issuing speeding tickets is deprecatory speculation.

Scott Hoskins
Palmdale, CA

I would happily take a speeding ticket in Utah. In California, a speeding ticket costs around $450.00. With traffic school, you walk away spending close to 5 hundred bucks. Totally worth it.

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