Warrant roundup underway statewide - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Warrant roundup underway statewide

Posted: Updated:
  • Also on the WebMore>>

AMARILLO - It's an unexpected surprise that can be avoided with a simple trip to the city court to take care of a traffic violation.

Monday was the first day of the statewide warrant roundup.

"These officers will be going to homes and to businesses and anywhere there's an address listed for someone with an unpaid traffic warrant," Amarillo Police Sergeant Brent Barbee said.

Early Monday morning officers received lists of hundreds of violators.

Before knocking on doors, they looked up the person's picture and made sure they are not wanted for more serious crimes.
    
One out of six people weren't home, and the violators police did locate were taken to the city court in handcuffs.
  
"If it's a situation where they're not able to pay the fine or some other complication arises, then they'll be booked into jail," Barbee said.
    
More than 1,800 warrants in Amarillo have been cleared since the state announced the round-up February 18th.

The city municipal court is urging that the more than 30,000 left on that list take action themselves before the police come knocking.

"If you're brought in, it is considered an arrest," Amarillo Municipal Court Clerk Jake Medrano said. "But officers are taken them in so it's an opportunity for them to pay their fines and court costs so they go ahead and pay can go home."
      
In just two weeks, the warrant round-up has collected $500,000, most of which goes to the state. But police say that's not the only goal.

"The goal of these operations is always the same. It's always to make compliance a part of the traffic ticket process," Barbee said.
      
Because traffic compliance, Barbee says, means road safety.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:32:49 GMT
    What a nice end to the work week with sunshine, south winds and temperatures ranging through the 70s and even some low 80s out near the Texas panhandle.  For this evening expect temperatures to fall through
    Stormy For Easter....
  • Elmer Thomas Park Easter Eggstravaganza

    Elmer Thomas Park Easter Eggstravaganza

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:40:31 GMT
    Hundreds filled Elmer Thomas Park Saturday for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza.
    Hundreds filled Elmer Thomas Park Saturday for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza.
  • Gun shot victim shows up to hospital

    Gun shot victim shows up to hospital

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-04-19 13:34:21 GMT
    A Lawton man was taken to the hospital late Friday night after suffering a gun shot wound, but police are still searching as to how it happened because the man has been uncooperative.
    A Lawton man was taken to the hospital late Friday night after suffering a gun shot wound, but police are still searching as to how it happened because the man has been uncooperative.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.