Crime & Courts

Amnesty day for Sedgwick County traffic violations is Friday

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the address for the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

Anyone who has an outstanding traffic violation can go to district court on Friday without fear of being arrested.

Administrative staff and lawyers will be on the fifth floor of the Sedgwick County Courthouse at 525 N. Main from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help resolve serious traffic infractions, like DUIs, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance, as well as minor traffic violations that have not been paid.

So if a warrant has been issued, these individuals will either have it removed or will get advice on what they need to do to eventually get it taken away.

“This is an opportunity to come in, without fear of arrest, and get these matters resolved. If they walk in, pretty much they’ll walk out and we’ll get their warrants pulled,” said Phil Journey, the traffic court judge. “If it’s a jailable offense, we’ll get a lawyer for them.”

The amnesty applies to Sedgwick County traffic citations and Kansas Highway Patrol citations. Individuals who have unresolved tickets from the city of Wichita or another jurisdiction may not be able to fix everything on Friday. But they will get advice on next steps to take.

Journey said he can work out payment plans and can help certain individuals get restricted driver’s licenses so they can drive to or from work, or get a special moped-only license. The amnesty day does not include any fee waivers, according to Journey, who said the state hasn’t passed legislation that would allow him to waive fees.

Drivers who have nonserious traffic citations, such as unpaid speeding tickets, can also receive help with their cases, so they don’t end up losing their licenses, Journey said.

This is the first amnesty day in at least five years at the county, Journey said, and he hopes it will help “to get these things closed out and off our books. We only have so many warrant officers, and maybe they should concentrate on more important things than a speeding ticket.”

For more information, call 316-660-5601.

Oliver Morrison: 316-268-6499, @ORMorrison