Nobody likes getting a ticket from the police, but a $300 fine given to David Hill of Wichita, KS could prove to be some of the cheapest PR a charity could receive. Hill had his Ford F-350 Super Duty covered in 856 Christmas lights to help raise awareness to his charity, One Spark Can Start a Fire, when a Wichita police officer pulled him over and ticketed him for being a distraction on the road and illegally displaying red and blue lights on a vehicle (although it's hard to believe that anyone could confuse this truck for any sort of emergency vehicle).

The lights were attached to the truck using magnets and powered by an 8,000-Watt generator mounted in the bed of the truck. The lights are a great way to draw local attention to his charity, but Hill sees the ticket as a way he can draw even more attention to One Spark, which is a non-profit organization intent on performing random acts of kindness such as collecting clothes and providing food for the homeless, according to the organization's Facebook page.

Be sure to scroll down to watch the news report video, and check out Hill's charitable cause here.


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      Scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      My experience with spirit and letter of law says to me that a warning would have been more appropriate and if not the Chief could pull the ticket. Simply plead "not guilty" to charge, request a jury trial, and present your case to the jury. I bet it will be overturned!
      Hobknob
      • 2 Years Ago
      put cops name in paper so he can be thanked !!!!!!!
      Mil`dritaMasfina
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the police Department should drop the charges on this guy. Give him a warning, that's enough, but a $300.00 ticket is ridiclous! It looks like thy really had no law to prove that he broke one, so they made up some cheesy excuses to charge him with. I think they are out of their minds. After-all it is Christmas! If you are a responsible driver as we all should be, it would not distract anyone. DRIVING PRIORITY is what more drivers need to think and the roads would be much safer. I think the guy is very crafty.
      thetexascherfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOT YELLING BUT BLIND IN ONE EYE. I THINK THAT THE TRUCK LOOKS GREAT! IT IS TOTALLY HOT!
      propackage
      • 2 Years Ago
      no problem here. just misguided police letting people know who the man is
      Brightalchemy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What after all the hatred and shootings that aregoing on around this country and this cop does something like this, goes to show you why people are losing respect for cops and as the time goes on they should become extinct-the few good ones are over shadowed by idiots like this, personally this power hungry pigs need to have a little wall to wall counseling.
      petersonentvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      On the road that truck would be a safety hazard. I realize it may seem like the cop was being a grinch but he wasnt wrong to issue a ticket. Though I personally would have just given the guy a warning unless regulations didnt allow me to do that.
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a jerk. It *is* a distraction. Why should electric pagan Yule candles be handled any different from underbody neons?
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      With a name like "One Spark Can Start a Fire" and the multitude of lights, I honestly thought it was to raise awareness about electrical safety during the holidays. (Can you imagine the press he would have gotten if the truck happened to have an electrical fire?")
        brandon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klep
        Not going to happen. There is nothing on the outside of the truck to act as agent to catch fire.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brandon
          What about the 8,000 Watt generator mounted in the bed powering those lights? Pretty sure some parts of that are fire prone. :P
      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I tell you who deserves a ticket is those people that have fake antlers on the outside of their windows.
      mark_salomon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I gotten a ticket for the same. Yet it was only a set of X-mas lights near the bottom of the car. My ticket was for $111, yet in the 30mins it took for the officer to give me the ticket, I'm sure he and his partner could have been stopping a real crime. Guess it's more profitable to issue obscure tickets, than it is to fight crime.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mark_salomon
        Obscure? Your Solstice lights evidently outshone your wit.
      ssusyq213
      • 2 Years Ago
      BAH HUMBUG MR. OFFICER!!!!
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