• Dec 16th 2011 at 2:00PM
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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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      rkietz9684
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boy, get a life. Some good news for a change, and you have to belittle it. Feel sorry for you and your attitude.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW! I have always said that a little positive reinforcement would be a nice change and here I am finally reading about it! So glad their really are decent police out there somewhere.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great idea!
      • 3 Years Ago
      too scary and intrusive.... checking registration and all that with no do cause.. nope I smell a rat. just check if the person is driving safely and buckled up then send the gift in the mail.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you kidding me???? I do not want to be treated like a child and told that I was a good little boy. I think that the police department could find better things to do with their time. The people that like this idea obviously have nothing better to do with their time than sit in their car on the side of the road. I have better things to do. leave me alone!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Positive reinforcement. It encourages people to think about their actions for possibility of recognition and overall developed sense of accomplishment. This tactic was used on school children in the eighties with elementary school with good results. Wish they did this more often.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what is really behind all this
      Ray
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good warm feeing inside, way to go Prosper Police Dept.!
      • 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.
      jdymes101
      • 3 Years Ago
      well what happens if im minding my own business being a good driver and i happen to be smoking a doobie?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jdymes101
        Then you're not being a very good driver, are you? That's DUI.
        mrmolotov
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jdymes101
        Then they should kick your as* for endangering others lives while your driving. I bet you think its funny as well to go out, get drunk and then jump behind the wheel and drive!!!
      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.
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