Clinton offers ticket amnesty program

People who owe fines for traffic or other misdemeanor violations to the town of Clinton may take advantage of an “amnesty” program during an upcoming 35-day period to avoid being arrested, Police Chief Fred Dunn said.

The amnesty period, called “35 for 35” begins Monday and continues through July 12.

If an arrest warrant has been issued against someone who did not pay a ticket or appear for Mayor’s Court, the person may come to the Town Hall during the amnesty period, pay $35 and get an extension of time to pay the outstanding fine, Dunn said.

Dunn, who took office in January, said the town has 600 to 700 outstanding arrest warrants, some of them dating back to the 1990s.

Beginning July 13, Clinton police will begin “Operation Roundup” to begin arresting people on the warrant list, he said.

“We’ll probably begin at 12:01 a.m. on July 13, Dunn said.

Anyone arrested after the amnesty period will have to pay the full amount of their fine to be released from jail, he said.