Coal County Sheriff's Office gives gifts, not tickets in random traffic stops

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TUPELO, Okla. (KXII) -- "How are you sir, you got your driver's license on you?" Sheriff Bryan Jump said.

The Coal County Sheriff's office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol conducted traffic stops as drivers approached the highway in Tupelo on Wednesday morning, but they weren't handing out tickets.

"We're giving safe driving awards [and] gift certificates," Jump said.

"Well what a deal," a driver said.

Jump says his deputies and OHP troopers have done the safety checks for the past four years.

"Instead of looking for the bad guys, we're writing tickets," He said, "one day a year we're going to look for the good guys and give them an award."

This year, Sheriff Jump says about 80 safe drivers got gift certificates from participating Coal County businesses.

"The ones who got their driver's license, wearing their seat belts, having the insurance and their tags all up to date, [got the award]," Jump said.

Many drivers say they left grateful for the early Christmas present.

"It feels awesome and I'm proud of Coal County for doing it," Amy Deaton said.

Jump says he always gets the same reaction.

"Surprised they're getting a gift certificate instead of a ticket," He said.

Deaton says the gesture made her day.

"People need it," She said," [It] re-insures their driving and [I] just thank, the Coal County [deputies] for doing it," Deaton said.

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