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Randall County cracks down on fines

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Amarillo, TX -  Residents who put paying fines on the back burner will soon face some new consequences in Randall County.

On June 16 the county is implementing the Scofflaw statute to curb residents from not paying their fines. If you're prone to procrastination when it comes to fines and fees, you may find some repercussions when it comes to legally driving your car. Registering your car will soon require a debt-free standing with Randall County first.

"The idea is that we're going to use a statute that's now available in Texas that allows the county to put pressure on people who don't pay their fees, fines, court costs, taxes, etc," said Randall County District Attorney James Farren.

Their goal with the statute is to save taxpayers money by providing an incentive for people to take care of their fines. "Fees and fines are collected to make this government work, and when these folks don't pay, other taxpayers end up picking up the slack. This helps us force the scofflaws, the people who haven't paid, to do so or they aren't going to be able to register their vehicle," explained Farren.

Although the new requirement may be a pain for some, the county is trying to make paying the fees as convenient as possible. "We will have electronic, digital PayPal devices available so that when a person shows up to register a vehicle and they find out they can't, they can take care of whatever they owe right there, right then so they don't have to make another trip," said Farren.

Randall County is the first county in the Panhandle to implement the Scofflaw statute.  

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10
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