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Brick PD Officers Issue Gifts, Not Tickets, During Holiday Traffic Stops

A traffic ticket can certainly bring down your day, but Brick police officers this holiday season came up with a different approach to enforcing equipment violations that made some drivers happy to have been pulled over.

This year, the department and PBA Local 230 partnered with Advance Auto Parts for a campaign called “Blue Christmas.” In the program, drivers stopped for equipment violations, such as burnt out brake lights, were issued a warning, along with a gift card from the auto parts store to fix the problem – plus some holiday candy.

Brick officers documented some of the stops in a video posted to YouTube. The first shows an officer who pulled over a vehicle with both of its brake lights out, then a few more cars with headlights and taillights not functioning.

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After performing the usual computer checks, officers returned to the window of the cars they had pulled over wearing blue Santa hats and delivered some Christmas cheer.

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