AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo Police Department is hoping to change people’s perception about traffic tickets.
“A lot of people think that the police are out writing tickets they’re getting their money,” said Cpl. Jeb Hilton. “It’s all going to the city but we’re not wanting you to just come in a pay your tickets there are several options.”
APD said the number of traffic fatalities in the city has decreased from 2017, but one of the main reasons behind the deadly incidents has stayed the same.
“In 2017 we had 30 deaths, in 2018 we were down to 22,” Cpl. Hilton explained. “When it comes to our accidents here in Amarillo the fatal ones generally involve speed, alcohol or not wearing seat belts.”
Cpl. Jeb Hilton said the department is now looking at a new way to cut down on the number of citations and outstanding warrants.
“In the past, we have done a warrant round-up where we would send officers out trying to find people with outstanding cases, warrants, and different things,” Cpl. Hilton added. “This year we want to just spread a safety message and understand why we have officers out writing citations. There are several ways you can take care of these you can go online and look on warrants list on the municipal court website. You can go on and actually pay it online if you don’t want to come down to the court in person you can call or email. There are several things you can do rather than getting out and thinking we’re here to trap you.”
APD hopes rolling out the new safety campaign will also educate the community while keeping our streets safer.
“Mainly we want safer streets in Amarillo, we want our kids to be able to play, families to be out and not have to worry about dying in our streets,” said Cpl. Hilton.
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