Citizens Encouraged to Answer Unpaid Parking Violations

Posted on May 14, 2013

Amarillo, TX – Most people don’t realize it, but if you’ve let parking tickets pile up without paying the fines or appearing in court, your car could be impounded. In fact, the City of Amarillo currently has 5,115 outstanding parking violations on the books. Parking violations include overtime parking, parking in violation of City ordinance, parking in a prohibited zone, parking in a handicapped zone, parking in a fire lane, etc.

Violators are entitled to a trial and tickets can be contested in court. However, many people choose not to show up. Amarillo Municipal Code requires that people with six or more unpaid tickets are subject to having their cars impounded, meaning the Amarillo Police Department can essentially arrest your car.

Rather than face unwanted consequences, violators are encouraged to take advantage of their day in court. Violators can come to Municipal Court, plead “not guilty” and set a date for a trial – or pay the fine, in person or online.

“I think everyone would agree that handicapped and other restricted parking needs to be protected,” says Sgt. Brent Barbee with the Amarillo Police Department.  “The only way to do that is to increase enforcement – and require people to comply with the law to avoid the time and expense of impound fees being added to the fines that they have already incurred.”      

For more information about setting a court date or to pay unpaid parking fines, please contact the City of Amarillo’s Municipal Court at 378-9342. To view a current list of all open parking violations, or to pay online, visit http://www.amarillo.gov/municipalcourt and click on “Open Parking Violatons.” The Amarillo Municipal Court is located at 201 S.E. 4th Avenue on the first floor in the Police/Courts Building and the entrance faces 4th Avenue. A City of Amarillo Municipal Court map can be found at http://www.amarillo.gov/images/mcourt_floorplan.jpg.

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