New Video Technology Installed In All TPD Cars

"There's been several times when I've just been driving down the road, and traffic violations happen right in front of me," Officer John Weaver, of the Tyler Police Dept., said.

Before Coban video technology, it was the police officer's word against the alleged traffic violator's in court.

"Normally, you wouldn't have it on video the violation," Weaver said. "If they contested it, you just have to get up and testify under oath as to how they ran the stop sign."

But now, once Officer Weaver turns on his overhead lights to pull someone over, the system instantly saves up to one minute of video prior to when he turned on his lights.

"All you've got to remember to do is turn it off," he said.

With the help of Officer Weaver, we demonstrated exactly how the Coban video technology works. In a closed course, I ran a stop sign. Officer Weaver came up behind me, flashing his lights. There's no question I ran the stop sign because Officer Weaver can pull up video to prove it --something he couldn't have done before.

"You can focus on what you need to be focusing on, like watching your violator, checking on your radio properly," Weaver said.

And if the violator ends up in the back seat of the patrol car, the officer can monitor him too.

Officers can save the video for up to 90 days or permanently, if needed. Tyler police say it costed the department nearly half a million dollars to install the system in all the patrol cars. But they say it will save them money in the long run because the video is digital, which means no tapes are required.

Julie Tam, reporting.