Sheriff’s deputies in a Georgia community are targeting drivers in need of some cheer and issuing $100 bills instead of traffic tickets in a welcome holiday season surprise.
An anonymous donor gave $5,400 to launch the goodwill drive, said Monroe County Sheriff J.C. Bittick, whose deputies are passing out the bills to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations in a semi-rural area about 60 miles south of Atlanta.
“He felt like this was a good way to make everybody feel good about law enforcement and to give back to the community for Christmas,” Bittick said.
He instructed his officers to give the $100 bills to “people who looked like they could use it,” such as a woman with multiple child car seats in her vehicle, suggesting a large family.
“Can I hug you?” asked one motorist, after being pulled over by a deputy who admonished that she should be getting a ticket in a stop recorded by Macon television station WMAZ.
The idea has generated such enthusiasm that another donor pledged $5,000 to extend it into next week, the sheriff said.
The campaign follows a year in which some U.S. communities have seen widespread protests over the use of force by law enforcement after unarmed civilians were killed during police encounters……..