2.24.2012

Is This A Bluff?


Any of you guys ever get arrested at your house because of one of these "Traffic Ticket Roundups?"  Sometimes you'll see a particular city send out a warning of "pay up" on your outstanding tickets or we might arrest you on a predetermined weekend..  This time, they claim, 276 law enforcement entities in Texas are going to take part in it.  Even our publicity seeking Texas Attorney General is getting in on the threats.

I bet this is just a bluff to scare people into paying their tickets. There are a lot of municipal and JP courts that don't even issue warrants. They just put notice of the outstanding ticket in something called an OMNIBASE system that prevents you from renewing your drivers license until all tickets are taken care of.

I'm betting this is nothing more than a bluff.

Honestly, the amount of manpower expense to arrest someone solely for a traffic ticket doesn't' justify it. It would would cost more than the ticket revenue. And, if a person is arrested, they don't have to pay the ticket. Normally a bond is set and you can walk out for a fraction of the cost of paying the ticket.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got as much money as you want to be that it AIN'T a bluff!

It's about deterrence - the fear of negative consequences should you be caught. Yes, it's expensive. However, if people think they might actually be arrested for outstanding traffic tickets they are more likely to pay up. That's why they do the infrequent "roundups".

You'd be surprised how many people are arrested for outstanding traffic tickets in the metroplex. Look at the stats. I'd guess 20-25% of people arrested are arrested on outstanding traffic warrants. And yes, if you get arrested you don't have to pay - you can sit out the fine in jail. More often you can plead not guilty and pay a cash bond equal to (or sometimes twice the amount of) the warrants, or you can plead guilty and pay the amount of the warrants. The only time you only pay a small percentage of the warrant is if you use a bondsman, and even then you are responsible for paying the tickets by one of the aforementioned means.

Anonymous said...

It is not a bluff. For an attorney, sometimes you seem unaware. They always announce it to give people time to pay up because a warrant is usually always issued..including our own Wise County I would bet. I know DPS does. They will put you in jail and it is not as simple as paying the bail. Most people end of paying the Texas fee for too many tickets for 3 or more years...big bucks too. If you do not pay up they do make a big sweep and pick up as many as they can. Can't imagine myself ever disregarding a ticket for fear of a warrant! Most who do this are either drug addicts, stupid or arregate snobs who like to live on the edge just for laughs...some are just plain ignorant.

Anonymous said...

You don't think "manpower expense" is of any concern to a bureaucracy, do you? The more paperwork they handle, the more money they can ask for in the next budget.

Anonymous said...

I've NEVER paid for a traffic ticket. Just hire an attorney to find an indiscrepancy on the violation. Cops are so dumb and poorly trained, they ALWAYS make some sort of mistake.

Anonymous said...

Just pay up and shut up!

Anonymous said...

I've NEVER paid for a traffic ticket. Just hire an attorney to find an indiscrepancy on the violation. Cops are so dumb and poorly trained, they ALWAYS make some sort of mistake.

And you're evidently too dumb to find it yourself.

It's a bluff. I get these all the time, because I forget about tickets.

Rage

Jack Daniels said...

Hey Green, why not just post "If you popped on this, give me a call."

Anonymous said...

Wow BG you have a bunch of commenting buddies on the good side of the law...11:30, 11:32 next they will want us to start paying taxes.

Anonymous said...

Better call Mrs. LL to take care of those tickets or you will be seeing how big a bluff it is.

Anonymous said...

BREAKIN THE LAW, BREAKIN THE LAW...

DF Judas Priest

Anonymous said...

Guess you haven't noticed the abundant presence of the DPS on 287 in the last week? Just yesterday there was one trolling in the fast lane letting people pass him on the right. All the while running tags and checking...

Anonymous said...

I saw a flyer for the City of Aurora about their own Roundup. Do people really get a lot of tickets in Aurora?

Anonymous said...

Rage:

Your too dumb to find yer a@@ with both hands, numbnuts...

Anonymous said...

If you do decide to pay the ticket, do it for two cents over the amount. Then they at least waste the cost of postage and envelope. If you want to really screw them, then don't cash the check, and it screws them on their budget when they track the money. If you get called for jury duty, and your mad at the county, don't cash the check. Really screws the accounting at the end of the year.

Anonymous said...

1:27, You bet your borealis they do!!!

Anonymous said...

1:27, yes, and they are all Rhome and Newark deadbeats that don't pay up.

Anonymous said...

Aurora Round up sounds like the locals getting it on with sheep in heat.

Anonymous said...

Please don't let 1:30 do accounting for me. The expense is already recorded when the check is issued. An outstanding check won't affect budget preparation.

If you pay a fine for 2 cents over, I'm sure there is an established write off limit and a 2 cent refund check won't be issued to you. It'll just be recorded to an over/short account.

Anonymous said...

We already have more people in jail than any other country in the world. This is why. Our government locks you up for the smallest of infractions. How is this a free nation when we are so controlled by the government.

Anonymous said...

3:44, We could just chop off your hand, or behead you on the spot... you wouldn't be locked up. That is how they roll in some countries.

Anonymous said...

3:16 never worked for Wise County. Yes it does mess things up.

Anonymous said...

Is it kosher to be drunk at 1:30 in the PM?

DF Dale Hansen

Anonymous said...

JP 4 will give you time served but still wants a $30.00 omni fee.

JP 2 will not give you time served at all or put the hold on you when you are arrested on another offense. They just leave the tickets in OMNI.

Don't see how that will work in Wise County, since there is no warrant for arrest active.

Tarrant Co. & Wichita Co. won't even arrest you on a class C offense.
If you are in a different region in Texas than where the ticket was issued it won't show up when you are booked on other offense.

Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

Who do you think will serve the warrant in Wise Co. Tom Bishop is way to busy on 380 to do the job he was voted in to do. Mr. Hudson will have such a back log it will take him 4 years to catch up.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Yes, our fair Decatur POO-lice issued a warrant on a moving violation that I forgot about. I spent about 4 hours of extremely quality time in the gentle care of Denton County waiting to unsnarl that mess and it cost me about $600. Really, a phone call to remind me would have been the NICE THING TO DO, REX!

Anonymous said...

Jeez, 5:30PM, Rex or one of his boys gave you a written reminder when you made your moving violation. It's called a TICKET. If you didn't pay attention to THAT then what the hell good would a phone call do??? DUMBASS! $600? LMAO!!!

Anonymous said...

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