Unpaid traffic tickets leads to imminent warrant roundup

from the office of Parker County Judge Mark Riley

by Joel Kertok

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Parker County’s Justices of the Peace and law enforcement officers are giving notice that failure to pay traffic tickets will result in arrest.

With millions of dollars in fines and fees outstanding, a Parker County warrant roundup is set to begin within the coming days. The decision to push forward with the warrant roundup came after a meeting between Parker County Judge Mark Riley, the Justices of the Peace, Constables and Sheriff’s Department personnel.

“Those who fail to pay their traffic tickets and court fees are costing the rest of the tax payers,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “We are giving those who owe outstanding fines an opportunity to pay now and avoid further action.”

Parker County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Suzie Merkley said the four Justice of the Peace offices will stay open extra hours on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to the regular Monday – Friday hours, in order for those with fines to pay before the warrant roundup begins.

Law enforcement officials said the warrant roundup is set to begin soon after Sept. 25.

“People with outstanding fines will be able to go to our web site, www.co.parker.tx.us, and follow a link to check for their name and fine amount,” Merkley said. “There will be an opportunity for those who pay their fines and fees during this amnesty period to have a partial reduction in the total amount owed. The delinquent fine listing will show which Justice Court the payment is owed, so that you can contact the appropriate precinct.”

Payments can be made online at www.trafficpayment.com or in person at the appropriate JP offices:

  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, 1020 E. Hwy 199, in Springtown, 817-220-5857;
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, 207 Fort Worth Hwy., in Weatherford, 817-598-0496;
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, 1112 Santa Fe Dr., in Weatherford, 817-598-6192;
  • Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, 5189 East I-20 Service Rd. North, in Willow Park, 817-441-1071.

Questions should be directed to the appropriate Justice of the Peace office.

3 responses

  1. Mark and Joel, It is usually pretty evident that we as a county have become pretty lax at collecting fines. It is also pretty sure that there are those out there that because we didn’t collect the first fine figured that they did not have to pay the subsequent additional fines. What I would like to know is since we have become a sanctuary state, are we merely picking and choosing which laws we will enforce, then only the ones that could possibly bring in revenue? Speaking of illegals don’t you believe that we are costing ourselves more that we can collect in fines for the legals, if not how do you locate the illegals and if you do, do you allow them to stay? From a county perspective aren’t you responsible to enforce all laws of the state and fed . where do you stand on the illegals use of county resources and services.

  2. Judge Riley I am not anti government but I do feel a certain raw need for explainations to be given not because you are anyone else is wrong, but because I may be knee jerking for lack of knowledge or understanding. That is what is happening to the current federal admin ( I don’t believe they can change me from a conservative but?) showing that they understand where they arre going to end up is important to the average person. Not the old trust me trick. Judge tell us where you are going with the county and why.

  3. less government

    Fire Riley and Merkley. Been here way too lomg!

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