POSTED: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 8:44am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:25pm
The City of Harlingen is implementing the Scofflaw program which will deny drivers vehicle registration if they aren't squared up financially concerning unpaid citations of if there are warrants out for their arrest.
City officials say 36-thousand traffic citations alone are unpaid and the city is looking to get that money back. Factor in any other unpaid fines due to the city and Mayor Chris Boswell says the face value reaches in to the millions.
“I think all cities have outstanding warrants, the question is how aggressive can we make our efforts to try to clean up and collect those warrants.” Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said.
So while denying drivers vehicle registration is one aggressive measure the city is taking, they're also trying to work with those who have neglected their responsibility to pay up.
“We’re going to be implementing an amnesty program this month, so now would be a good time for everybody to come in and pay off their fines so they don’t have a problem registering their vehicle.” Boswell said.
For those that don't jump on this opportunity and still fail to pay, not only will you be denied vehicle registration...but the law will likely come knocking at your door as the next step will be a warrant round up.
While Harlingen is the first city in the valley to implement the Scofflaw program, the city of Brownsville won't be far behind, as they too will be putting the program into action in the near future.