PERKINS, Okla. — It may be small but this Payne County community is busy.
Officer Gene Morris said motorists frequently ignore the speed limits and other traffic laws.
Morris said, “They don’t pay attention to speed limits signs. They go 45 and don’t reduce speed in town or leaving town.”
There is a large cart at Perkins City Hall holding hundreds of active and outstanding citations.
According to Court Clerk Tiffani DeArmond, “You can see they start in 2001 and go to 2012. We’re talking about 224 warrants.”
In an effort to collect roughly $115,000 in delinquent fines, money critical for city operations, the Perkins Police Dept. is issuing an ultimatum.
Cheif Bob Ernst said, “Next week we start serving warrants and lots of them.”
The police department has reached an agreement with the Payne County Sheriff’s Department to use their jail and lock up anybody refusing to pay.
The small police force of seven officers will not be denied.
Officials said they’ll use every means available to track down and collect what’s rightfully theirs, even from those who were just passing through.
Chief Ernst said, “If they ever come back to town and we find out, we’ll arrest them.”
With some of these tickets dating back a decade, police said folks have had ample time to pay the piper.