Pay your tickets or go to jail

February 16, 2009 2:07:09 PM PST
HPD is launching a warrant round up, targeting people with unpaid traffic tickets.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The roundup will begin March 7. If you have an outstanding ticket or moving violation, now is the time to take care of it. Authorities at Municipal Court want you to take this seriously.

This is the third year for the multi-jurisdictional roundup. Members of police from all surrounding communities throughout the area gathered Monday morning at municipal court. Their message is that if you have a warning for an outstanding moving violation, after March 7 they will begin appearing at violators' home and businesses looking for payment. Arrests will be made at that time if payment is not received.

"Judicial orders are important, and this is the result, after a long period of time, where jurisdictions get together and say enough is enough," said Judge Berta Mejia with the Houston Municipal Court. "This year the city of Houston is not offering an amnesty program, per se. I know we're going to get a lot of calls asking if we are offering amnesty. We are not at this time."

Just in the city of Houston alone, authorities say they have sent out about 100,000 notices of violations, asking people to come in and take care of those, because they don't want to have to arrest people at their homes and places of business. But starting March 7, that will be happening.

In Houston, parking violations are considered civil violations, so arrests will not occur for those outstanding tickets.

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