Police pull over drivers to give turkeys, not tickets, for Thanksgiving

In honor of Thanksgiving 2021, regulation enforcement has been shocking drivers with frozen turkeys as a substitute of tickets.

The vacation cheer was just lately unfold by the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, Arizona, by gifting birds to individuals who thought they have been being pulled over for a violation, Fox 10 Pheonix reported.

“When you made your turn, you made a wide turn. You’re supposed to stay in your lane,” Officer Jason Flam of the Mesa Police Department informed a motorist. 

Instead of coming back from his police cruiser with a ticket, Flam provided a turkey.

Flam informed Fox 10 that some stops have been emotional, bringing one man to tears.

“…I don’t think they can afford the turkey, so it worked out really good,” mentioned Flam.

One driver thanked Flam for the gesture, however mentioned she already purchased a Thanksgiving turkey and requested he “pass it on.”

Another particular person was about to decide up a turkey when Flam pulled him over.

“In fact, I was on my way to Costco to pick up some fixings, so this saved me a few bucks,” mentioned Mike Ormerod.

Mesa police is one in every of many U.S. police departments which supplies “turkeys not tickets.” In 2016, the Fort Worth Police Department additionally gave turkeys to unsuspected drivers forward of Thanksgiving.

The Turkeys not Tickets program was proposed by a Mesa police commander so as to join with the group, in accordance to Fox 10.

“I think it’s a great idea. I was telling the officer, in the past few years, police officers in general have gotten a bad rap, and I think it’s important they get recognized for putting it out there every day,” Ormerod informed the station.

Fox News reached out to Mesa police for remark. 

Fox News’ Ann Schmidt contributed to this report.

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