Friday, September 23, 2011
Drivers with unpaid traffic fines from citations issued by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office or Kansas Highway Patrol in Sedgwick County will soon get the chance to avoid arrest thanks to a new amnesty program.
Currently in Sedgwick County, there are more than 13,000 active traffic warrants, 660 bench warrants and 731 outstanding traffic probation violations. Local law enforcement agencies are working together to try to clear as many of those tickets up to keep violators out of jail.
"We realize these are hard economic times for people... this is a good faith effort on our part to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated for traffic violations," said Sedgwick County Sheriff Captain Greg Pollock.
Drivers can go to the fifth floor of the Sedgwick County Courthouse from 7 a.m. To 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30, and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. The courts will waive warrant fees, court costs and the possibility of arrest if citizens voluntarily come in and pay their traffic fine. Drivers will need to show proof of insurance.
Driver Tracy Block says she'll take advantage of the amnesty program.
"It's nice to see they're willing to help someone pull themselves out of a bad situation cause I couldn't afford all the court costs right now," said Block.
The county will even offer violators the opportunity of payment plans to take care of their tickets.