The Lodi Police Traffic Unit was out Thursday pulling over drivers — but not necessarily for tickets.
Drivers who displayed good driving skills and safety measures, from wearing their seat belts to not talking or texting on their cell phones, were pulled over and given gift certificates for anything from a cup of coffee to a free turkey.
This is the third year the Lodi Police Department has collected gift certificates from local businesses to hand out to the community. This year, they collected 55 gift certificates — the most they ever have, said Officer Brian Freeman, who organized the event.
Freeman said officers who participated in handing out certificates would pull up next to drivers at a stop light or stop sign and ask them if they could speak with them. The officers would then hand them a gift certificate and thank them for following the law.
"It's fun to be able to pull people over for doing something good," said Sgt. Chris Jacobson. "Contrary to popular belief, we don't like giving out traffic tickets all the time."
Donations for the event were made by the following local businesses: Habanero Hots, House of Coffees, Rancho San Miguel, Velvet Grill, Safeway, Raley's, Chili's, Apple Market and Food 4 Less.
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