Get Paid for Turning in Dallas County Traffic Deadbeats?

By Grant Stinchfield
|  Monday, Aug 16, 2010  |  Updated 6:42 PM CDT
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Dallas Has $110 Million in Unpaid Fines

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Do you have unpaid traffic tickets? Your friends could profit from it under an idea from a Dallas County commissioner.

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Dallas Has $110 Million in Unpaid Fines

Dallas County is looking for ways to collect more than $100 million in unpaid traffic fines.
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Do you have unpaid Dallas County traffic tickets? Your friends could profit from it under an idea from a Dallas County commissioner.

Commissioner Mike Cantrell has a plan to find those with unpaid citations and make them pay: Enlist the public's help.

He has suggested that the county offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the worst traffic violators who have failed to pay up.

"The county faces a budget crisis, and this is money we need to collect," he said.

Cantrell said the county is owed more than $110 million in unpaid traffic fines. The county's top five most wanted owe more than $11,000 each, and the top 50 owe about $452,000.

But with both the sheriff's office and county constables, facing budget cuts, commissioners fear there could soon be fewer officers to track down traffic violators.

"It is in our best interest to enlist the help of the public," Cantrell said.

The county has not said how much the rewards could be for. Cantrell said they could be run through the Crime Stoppers program.

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