Police are stopping law-abiding motorists and rewarding their good driving with $5 Starbucks gift cards.As Eugene points out, this is surely unconstitutional - cops need at least reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to "seize" someone, which includes traffic stops. On a more practical level, I would be hugely pissed if, while running around trying to finish up my Xmas shopping, I was pulled over the cops as an expression of "holiday spirit."
A traffic officer came up with the idea to 'promote the holiday spirit and enhance goodwill between the traffic unit and the motoring public,' police Sgt. Tim Curran said.
Local businesses donated money to buy the gift cards.
'They raised a substantial amount of money,' Curran said. 'They'll be pulling over a lot of people.'
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Posted by JD Byrne at 8:10 PM