Florence Police officers armed with gift cards keep an eye out for safe drivers

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Florence Police patrol officers are out and ready to spread the holiday spirit.

Traffic officers are armed with gift cards, rewarding folks for driving safely during the holiday rush.

"Our goal is to just try to make it safe for everyone during the holiday season," said Sgt. Chris Ticer. "This was pretty successful last year, and the people really appreciated it."

Lean Whitten said it was the first time she had ever been pulled over.

"It was scary," she said. "I don't know what to expect, he's going to give me a ticket and I'm going to get in trouble! I don't even know what I did."

Officer Alan Hooper told her the reason he pulled her over was because she and her passengers were all buckled up and she used her blinker. Then, he handed her a gift card to an area restaurant.

"Normally, I'm really scared of them," Whitten said.

However, this method of spreading holiday spirit makes those like Whitten see officers as friends.

"We wanted to do something to reward the people that are driving safe out here and doing the right thing." said Sgt. Ticer.

Officers will be handing out gift cards to safe drivers through Christmas.