• Dec 16, 2011


Drivers in Prosper, TX may not need to suffer that sinking feeling when a cop approaches their car: the North Texas police department has been doling out $10 gift cards this week to recognize good driving, NBC-DFW reports.

It's a classic carrot or stick scenario: the police department has chosen to reward drivers for proper seat belt use or observation of the speed limit, instead of just punishing drivers for transgressions. The police officers on foot have infiltrated school parking lots or other pick-up/drop-off zones where they can safely communicate with cars that are moving at slow speeds.

Officers have made haste to convey their benevolent purpose so as not to startle drivers or cause any unnecessary distress.

"We wanted to give back to the community to reinforce those safe driving habits," Prosper assistant police chief Gary McHone told AOL Autos.

It's also good PR and outreach for the police department, which can get a bad rap as a punishment-only organization waiting for us in speed-traps.

"The officer is just letting the drivers know they did a good job and here is a small token of thanks," McHone said. "It allows for a face-to-face with local residents."

During pre-holiday time from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16, the police department wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the community and funded the 60 American Bank of Texas check cards through its contribution fund and money raised at community events.

Even during the economic recession where local municipalities are cash-strapped, the Prosper PD saw value in this new program.

"The old adage of 'protecting and serving'--it's a highly used phrase, but this is an opportunity for us to put a different twist to the 'serving' part of it," McHone said.



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I just do not want to be stopped by a police officer, even if it was for $1000 gift card. I have more important thing to da than be pulled over for being a good driver, and the police have better thins to do than hand out gift cards.
        CHARLIE GENE
        • 3 Years Ago
        PARTY POOOOOPPPPPER
        catcountryboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bah Humbug!
        robbie12992
        • 3 Years Ago
        You have more important things to do than be pulled over for 15 minutes, to be given a thousand dollar gift card? You're richer than me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow you must have really good job if $1000 as you stated in not worth 5 minutes of your time. Honest folks/drivers do not worry when law enforcement is behind them. It is people like you who complain the loudest when you need law enforcement and they are not there quick enough for you,
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I was a teenager (60 years ago) In Spartanburg SC, The police handed out flowers to good drivers. The standerd joke when you nsaw someone pulled over was they were giving him flowers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a kind thing for them to do. I cannot believe the sourness and coldness of so many of the commenters on this article.
      Rhonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that is positive police work!! If you stop you get a reward. If you dash they have probable cause. Sheer genius, I'm sure the ACLU is working right now on a way to screw this up.
        Terry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rhonda
        The ACLU is just a legal foundation. They can "screw" nothing up. It takes a court and a law. You people are so scared of a legal foundation. What cowards.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just stay away amigo.................the farther the better...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't any of you people ever be happy? This is a nice thing that the police are doing. Just about everything that is written on here gets a bad review. If you can't say something nice, just don't say anything at all. Be happy during the holidays. Try doing something nice for someone else.
      Terry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reward good behavior rather beat people over the head for bad. Good going, Prosper, Texas!
      Bill Maule
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a bunch of parinoid ingrates. I, too, might have problems with the program if they were actually putting on the red and blue lights behind drivers. That probably wouldn't cause a heart attack, but it could cause an accident. But the way they are doing it there should be no problem. I hope the lucky drivers in Texas have not forgotten how to say "Your welcome"
      papam11
      • 3 Years Ago
      Irregardless of intent, isn't there a law against stopping people without just cause? Suppose a cop finds something illegal in the car(beer, drugs, guns, etc), are they to overlook it and how does an unjustified stop, leading to a discovery of illegal activity, work out in a court case? Around here, cops have to have just cause to stop you. If they stop you without just cause and find something, you get off--scott free. I've seen it happen in my town.
      Great One
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sixty and for some reason can wiggle out of tickets. When I was 20 I attracted them. Give me a gift Officer , free lunches sound good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great idea!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just anouther way to invade your privacy. I could get that $10 gift certificate for 25c on the penny auction. What a waiste of my time!!!
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