Residents pulled over for minor traffic violations in one Texas town had a chance to be off the hook this holiday season, for a good cause.
The Godley Police Department’s program “Tickets for Tots” offered people who received a traffic citation to donate a toy instead. ABC News obtained a copy of the special citations, which said:
“In the spirit of the holidays we are waiving the issuance of a citation in hopes that you will drop off an unwrapped toy to our Police Department. All toys will be handed out on Christmas Eve to children in our community that may not otherwise receive it.”
Jason Jordan, the town’s new police chief of just nine months, was the brain behind the toy drive.
He told ABC News he tried to implement the idea in another department, but it took til this year to get the unconventional toy drive off the ground.
“It’s a positive interaction between us and the city and the community,” he said, “with everything going on with the police lately.”
Jordan added that his officers were immediately on board. “They were excited to be apart of this.”
The officers have handed out many waivers, which have led to the collection of “a couple hundred toys, clothes and money,” Jordan said.
Although the grace period is over and officers have stopped handing out waivers, Jordan said the station is still inviting the community to donate toys by coming into the station.
“We’re accepting donations up until the week of Christmas,” he added. “The more the merrier. We’re going to do this every year, as long as I’m here.”
However, Jordan did have one message for those violating the law by speeding. “Slow down,” he said with a laugh.