Law enforcement not ticketing Tarrant County residents solely for violating stay-at-home orders

Here are some quick facts on Denton County's mandatory stay-at-home order. (Courtesy Denton County)
Here are some quick facts on Denton County's mandatory stay-at-home order. (Courtesy Denton County)

Here are some quick facts on Denton County's mandatory stay-at-home order. (Courtesy Denton County)

Local officials have received complaints from residents that law enforcement is issuing tickets to individuals solely for violating city or county stay-at-home orders.

“My office has received numerous calls,” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley announced. “Please know, police chiefs assure me that this is not happening.”

According to Whitley, any individual who receives a traffic citation in Tarrant County for violation of the stay-at-home order should contact 817-884-1441 and email a copy of the citation to [email protected]

Additionally, officers in the city of Roanoke will not stop individuals driving in city limits solely to ask for documentation citing that they should be away from their residence, said Detective Sandra Pettigrew with the Roanoke Police Department.

“We realize that some people still have to work, go to the grocery store, visit the doctor, grab some food to-go or get some fresh air while practicing 6-foot social distancing,” Pettigrew said. “However, we ask that everyone do their part by limiting your travel, abiding by the order and obeying all traffic laws.”


Roanoke PD will continue patrols of local neighborhoods and businesses, she said. For more information on the city’s shelter-in-place order, contact 817-491-6052.
By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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