EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Beginning March 5th, people with an outstanding warrant might see law enforcement vehicle pull up to their home or place of business. The Great Texas Warrant Roundup is upon the Pineywoods.
"They're motive is to clear out cases that are outstanding or that got old and they're just trying to clear the books and clear the records out," said Lufkin City Marshal Mark Carnley.
Several Deep Texas towns are participating including Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Diboll, Huntington, Trinity, and for the first time, Zavalla.
"It's a way for the cities to bring in some extra revenue from outstanding fines from people that choose not to come to the courts," Zavalla Police chief Steve Drumm.
However, several police agencies want people to come in before the roundup and take care of those warrants.
"It reduces the number of cases the court has to handle," Carnley said. "It reduces the number of warrants the officers have to deal with, as well."
"It also helps prevent the embarrassment of actually being arrested on a traffic stop or their house or even place of employment," Drumm added.
East Texans can pay for their warrants ahead of time at their city's municipal court. Several places like Lufkin, Zavalla, and Trinity allow people to even pay online, over the phone or by mail.
"Some people don't even know they have cases," Carnley said.
Those who aren't sure can go to or call their municipal court and ask them. Trinity has posted all the outstanding warrants on their website.
Officials urge their citizens to take care of these warrants beforehand.
"If we have a warrant for you and you haven't taken care of it, we're going to come pick you up," Carnley promised.
Carnley said those with warrants in Lufkin that cannot pay the warrant in full can set up a payment plan.
For those interested in seeing if their city is taking place in The Great Texas Roundup, can visit http://texaswarrantroundup.org/