Police pull drivers over to give tickets to turkeys for Thanksgiving

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In honor of Thanksgiving 2021, lawmakers have surprised drivers with frozen turkeys instead of tickets.

The holiday cheer spread recently in Mesa, Arizona, by donating birds to people who thought the Mesa Police Department was being pulled for a violation. Fox 10 Phoenix Reported.

“When you make your turn, you make a wide turn. You have to stay in your lane,” Mesa Police Department Officer Jason Flam told motorists.

Instead of returning with a ticket from his police cruiser, Flam offered the turkey.

Flam told Fox 10 that some of the stops were emotional and could bring a person to tears.

“… I don’t think they can handle the turkey, so it worked really well,” Flam said.

One driver thanked Flam Gesture, but she had already purchased Thanksgiving turkey and requested it be “passed on.”

Another man was picking up the turkey when Flam pulled him.

“In fact, I was going to Costco to pick up some fixings, so it saved me a few bucks,” said Mike Ormerod.

Mesa Police is one of many US police departments that offer “not a ticket for turkeys.” In 2016, the Fort Worth Police Department issued turkeys to suspected drivers before Thanksgiving.

According to Fox 10, the Turks Not Tickets program has been proposed by the Mesa Police Commander in order to connect with the community.

“I think it’s a good idea. I’ve been telling the officer, in the last few years, that police officers in general have gotten a bad rap and I think it’s important for them to recognize that they put it out every day,” Ormerod said. Station.

LBL reached out to Mesa police for comment.

Anne Smith of LBL contributed to this report.

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