Instead of paying for a speeding ticket or appearing at court for the violation, folks can now pay for the punishment by donating a gift that will be given to the less fortunate in
Ranson police say it’s all in an effort to benefit the speeding commuters and the needy this holiday season.
"It's great to give them that extra option through out the holidays because we know that sometimes it a tough time to write tickets and to get a ticket. So it's a great option to give," said Officer Crystal Tharp, Ranson City Police Department. "It's gives back to our community."
Police say they have been doing the Slow Down for the Holidays program for the past decade. They say when an officer pulls over a speeding driver, the officer provides the two general options of paying the fine or contesting the violation in court. But the driver also has a third option of purchasing gifts of $40 that will go to children during the holidays.
Officer Tharp says in most situations the driver is willing to purchase gifts especially if the fine is more than $40.
"We find families in the community and put their name on the list, which makes me feel better knowing whom I'm helping," said Tharp. "It puts a little drive behind everything, so I think it's good on everyone's part."
"I personally do know people who just can't afford during Christmas, anything they get, you know people might say I may not be enough, but it means a lot to them," said Jeremy Barger, a Ranson resident.
"I think it is a very good thing because there are so many kids out there, the way the economy is, they won't have a Christmas,” said Bryant Marshall, a Ranson resident. “Their parents can't afford it."
Police say the toy drive will help about 30 children in the area from two to 16-years-old. They say they’re accepting toys from Monday until this