Drivers with the need to get home for the holidays got stopped and ticketed with fines and gifts.
Police stopped and bought scratch-off lottery tickets before clocking people on Christmas day according to a report from Florida Today on Dec 26.
The cops in Melbourne included these tickets along with the punishments for speeding on the holidays.
A crowded corridor need extra attention due to multiple crashes, so cops tried to make the pull-overs less stressful
Authorities though the move would brighten commuters’ days, although they could guarantee a winning ticket to cover the speeding cost.
“We’re just doing a little bit of a different technique,” Sgt. Jamie Rocque said in the report.
They handed at least 30 people a lottery ticket along with their traffic violations.
The grimaces apparently turned into surprise when the drivers received the lottery tickets according to the Associated Press.
Another tactic in Florida involved an officer who dressed up as the iconic Grinch character from Dr. Suess’s “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” story.
Major Lou Caputo stopped motorists who went less than five miles over the speed limit had a strange choice from the costumed cop.
They chose either a traffic violation or a raw onion as punishment for the minor infraction.
The 63-year old officer wanted to teach people a lesson about speeding according to the Miami Herald
"The Grinch is a lovable creature, so I thought this would be a great thing to do," he said in the report.