Fla. Cops Give Xmas Speeders Tickets—and Gifts
In Melbourne, FL, speeding tickets came with lotto tickets yesterday
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 26, 2013 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Sir, I'm going to need to give you a ticket … a lotto ticket, that is. In an attempt to add some cheer to the presumably fairly miserable job of pulling people over on Christmas, police in Melbourne, Fla., were handing out scratch-off tickets to the people they stopped yesterday, Florida Today reports—along, alas, with the less-welcome variety of tickets.

The officers bought the tickets with their own money to soften the regular patrols they say are necessary to keep the streets safe. "It's something good to do in light of the holidays. We're getting a lot of surprised looks…people don’t know what to say," one officer says.

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Dec 27, 2013 9:05 AM CST
I dunno about Fl, but Houston drivers are mental. I drove the 40 mins into Neartown yesterday - 60-65 mph speed limit - I topped out around 72mph, but the surrounding traffic - cars, not just a car here & there, but virtually all the traffic - was flying past at 85-90mph. And Texans wonder why road fatalities this year are over 3000. Australia, by contrast, with a population a cpl mill shy of Tx's 25 million, is around 1300 annually.
Dec 27, 2013 7:07 AM CST
What a blatant disregard of the police state the police are trying to create in the country! LOL, I think it's great! At least some cops see that there is a serious problem in this country. Now, they should do it again, without the holiday excuse. That will get people believing.
Dec 27, 2013 2:34 AM CST
In the United States we tend to put 1/2 the police we have, or more, on traffic patrol. Meanwhile we have cities like New Orleans with a murder rate that is sky high compared to any city anywhere in Europe or Asia. In Japan, where there is very little crime, they have the concept of neighborhood policing. You have a lot of cops walking the beat, not driving around, who get to know the people in a neighborhood. We used to have that here. And I think it worked. If Detroit has a murder almost every night, and more than one rape per night, why are there Michigan State Police patrolling I-75 looking for someone driving 80mph instead of trying to stop a murder or rape in the city?