Posted: Oct 23, 2012 6:03 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 6:03 PM
ZACHARY - City officials in Zachary are urging to pay your fines or you could find yourself behind bars.
The Zachary Police Department is giving people with outstanding bench warrants until the end of the month to pay up, before being locked up.
If those warrants aren't paid by then, starting next month ZPD will start making arrests.
"We're going to start coming to your house, knocking on your door, it might be in the middle of the night, it might be during the day. It could be anytime. We're going to get you and book you in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail," says Zachary Police Chief David McDavid.
This is part of an effort to clear more than 2,500 bench warrants out of the Zachary legal system worth about a half-million dollars in fees.
"Come by here, pay your fine. It's just like with a seat belt ticket, it's $45, you miss your court date, it's almost a $200 ticket. Smart thing to do, come in," said Chief McDavid.
The chief said the warrants in the system range from speeding and improper parking violations to the more serious offenses like drug possession.
Police say if you can't pay your fines there are ways you can work it off by doing work around the city.