Normally, the appearance of flashing blue lights while driving along most United States’ streets is not a good thing. However, to the surprise of many drivers in Charleston, West Virginia, the flashing lights and sirens of police cars behind them turned out to be a blessing.
Instead of giving drivers speeding tickets, the South Charleston Police Department was giving out gift cards to the traffic rule-breakers.
“BIG shout out to SCPD,” wrote Jeanna McCallister Lilly posted on her Facebook page a South Charleston area resident. “I ran a red light (accidentally of course) and was, as expected, pulled over. The officer took my ID and car info and when he came back, he surprised me by NOT giving me a ticket, but a gift card for Chick-Fil-A.”
According to the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, they were approached by a local franchise of Chick-Fil-A to distribute $500 worth of gift cards.
“Usually, people aren’t too happy when you pull them over, but to put a smile on someone’s face like that, it’s a good feeling,” Patrol Officer Justin Morris told a local news team.
The officers still encouraged people the violators to slow down and hope that positive reinforcement might produce different outcomes.
Source: Good News Network