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Local Police to Arrest Drivers with Traffic Fines Starting Saturday

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Starting this weekend, Waco police are breaking out the cuffs to try to cut down on the nearly 18,000 active warrants in the city.

Drivers beware: If you haven't paid up your traffic fines, you might find yourself behind bars.

Anthony Johnson got a speeding ticket in Waco over the weekend.

"I was doing about 10 miles over," he said. "Enough to get a ticket."

He paid his $180 fine Wednesday so he doesn't end up in jail later.

"It's about responsibility to us," Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said.

Waco PD is one of more than 300 law enforcement groups working to clear as many warrants as possible in this year's roundup starting this weekend.

Central Texas cops will work overtime in March specifically to track down people with warrants due to unpaid fines.

When Waco did it last year, they cleared almost 1,600 warrants, either through arrests or payment of the fines, eliminating $420,000 in unpaid money.

"If you can't afford to pay for a traffic fine, then don't violate the law," Swanton said.

In addition, the city collected $665,000 from people who saw they had warrants out and paid them before they were taken to jail.

Waco makes it easy to see if you have a warrant out. There's a list online of all 18,000 of them.

If you do find your name on that list, you can head to the city court, and a cashier will be able to get you taken care of. (Find more payment options below.)

In Killeen you'll have to call the court and ask if you have a warrant out. That number -- 254-501-7835.

It's the same for Temple. The number for the municipal court there is 254-298-5687.

And you might want to do it sooner rather than later: Temple is set to serve between 1,000 and 1,500 warrants this roundup -- about $130,000 in fines total.

"Hopefully between now and them being picked up they can work something out with the city," Johnson said.

Even if you can't pay the whole thing, you can work out a payment plan to avoid going to jail.



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If you have an outstanding traffic fine, you could be headed to jail.

It's part of a ramped-up effort by local police to find and arrest drivers who haven't paid up. More than 300 different law enforcement groups across the state are teaming up for this. 

Waco police are taking part, and they're ready to find drivers wherever they may be. 
Starting Saturday, they will "actively search" for people who have not paid their fines. They pledge to make arrests at homes, businesses, really wherever they can find violators. 
Now they're telling drivers to take action before the weekend to avoid going to jail over traffic fines.

To find out if you're on the list, you can go to the city's municipal court Web site, and click on the warrant listing at the top of the page.    
 
It's alphabetized, but it still may take a while to go through it: There are more than 1,300 pages of names on that list. 

If you do find your name, you can pay your fines in person at court at 201 West Waco Drive. That's downtown, right on the Brazos. 

In addition to normal hours Wednesday and Thursday (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), the court will stay open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. 

You can also drop off a payment in the court lobby drop-box 24 hours a day. 

If you're using a credit card, you can call the court at 254-750-5900 to make a payment. 
 
Mail payments to Cit of Waco Municipal Court, P.O. Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702.
 
If you pay by mail, one thing to keep in mind: The warrant will stay active until they actually receive the payment.

Of course, you can use cash to pay up, or a credit or debit card. They'll also take cashier checks, money orders, and Western Union.

But an important note, they will not accept personal checks.

Killeen and College Station are also taking part, along with smaller departments like Bellmead and Cameron. 

And big cities like Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio will also be rounding up drivers with traffic warrants, starting Saturday, March 1. 
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