Folks who owe fines for traffic and other violations will soon face arrest if they don't pay up.
In what police called the first statewide warrant roundup, law enforcement agencies threatened Friday to arrest scofflaws who haven't paid their traffic and other fines.
The roundup of more than 1 million outstanding warrants across the state was announced by Webster police warrant officer Andy Kerstens during a morning news conference.
Kerstens was flanked by uniformed officers from other area law enforcement agencies in the Houston area. In all, 153 cities in 52 counties across the state are participating in the roundup March 3-10.
"This is for all of those people that didn't comply with the court orders," said Capt. Doug Perry with the Houston Police Department. Police made similar announcements in other cities.
The number of outstanding warrants for Houston was not immediately available.
But, according to the Dallas Morning News, Dallas had 400,000 warrants with a value of $118 million.
Police said the total amount of money collected statewide in the sweep will be disclosed after March 14.
Each agency involved in the roundup has sent notices in the past week to people with active outstanding warrants.
"You will be arrested in your home, at work, or wherever we may find you. Act immediately to avoid arrest," the notices say.
Officers will concentrate on traffic and parking violators during the roundup, but those with other warrants also are fair game, Kerstens said.
"What we're hoping to do with this roundup is to have people comply with the orders of the court," said Kerstens, whose department has 6,900 outstanding warrants.
People who pay their fines within the next two weeks should see their case closed and they can "avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment of arrest at home or at work in front of family,
friends and co-workers," Kerstens said.