by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Have you received a traffic citation and forgot to show up to court? If so, you could find yourself making a cameo appearance on KUAM News. KUAM and the Judiciary of Guam have teamed up yet again - this time to launch "Traffic Violators". There are close to 4,000 outstanding traffic tickets and three times a week, KUAM will feature those individuals who failed to appear in court.
Court Policy, Planning and Communications Director Maria Cenzon says those who violate the rules of the road are given three chances to appear in court before a warrant of arrest is issued by the judge. "The individual has more than ample opportunity to come in and pay the citation or somehow satisfy the obligation," she said.
"So when the warrant comes out they can find themselves being pulled over by the Guam Police Department for a simple traffic violation and GPD is hooked up into our system so if they run their name into the computer they'll see they have an outstanding warrant, they'll be taken into custody and transported to the Guam Detention Facility until the next court hearing date," she added.
Deputy marshal supervisor Theodore Padua says anyone who isn't sure if they have an outstanding traffic warrant, can visit the Traffic Violations Bureau at the court in hagatna or the northern court satellite. If you can't make it there to clear up your citation, you can make a credit card payment over the phone.
Those who see themselves on Traffic Violators are urged to self-surrender the following morning to the Marshals Division.