Sheriff's deputies to give baseball tickets, not traffic tickets
Effort is to encourage good driving
By Tony Plohetski
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
If you see blue police lights in your rearview mirror this week, there may be no need for a churning stomach or sweaty palms.
Instead of a speeding ticket, you may get two free passes to a Round Rock Express baseball game as a reward for good driving.
Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton and Round Rock Express CEO Reid Ryan announced the giveaway Tuesday.
"We want to recognize people who are driving legally and driving in the right manner," Hamilton said
Sheriff's officials said the Express has given the department about 200 tickets, which will be distributed by 20 deputies.
Hamilton said deputies will pull motorists over, just as they would during a routine traffic stop. He said he is sure some drivers will initially have "a few choice words" for deputies before they explain the stop and award the tickets.
"There's a lot of opportunity for people to get tickets in their cars, but not baseball tickets," Ryan said. "It is in the best interest of all of us to promote safe driving."