South Congaree police rewards good drivers on Good Friday
South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – The South Congaree Police Department held several traffic safety checkpoints on Good Friday to make sure that drivers and their passengers were complying with the laws that make their trips safe. They set up on two of the town’s streets that are heavily travelled, Church Street and Chapel Road, and stopped cars for the quick once over of the car itself, its driver, and everyone in the car. The only thing that made their stops a little different was that they rewarded the good folks with a little Easter candy! Drivers were surprised when they were thanked for being safe drivers and the officers gave them Snickers bars or Blow Pops!
South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert said by telephone Friday that they saw a lot of big smiles Friday when the car’s occupants were handed the candy. “I think that the public often thinks about us given them citations when they’re violating safety laws like speeding when we really enjoy rewarding them like this when they’re making the right choice that makes us all safe.” He said some even thought they were joking when the officers handed them the candy. Shumpert said that most of the drivers they stopped were wearing their seatbelts, had their children in car seats, and had their proper documentations or were doing the speed limit. “It’s so much cheaper and more fun to hand some candy and make folks smile than it is to deal with an intoxicated driver, a wreck, a fatality, or some other preventable tragedy. We also want the public to know that interacting with the police is not a bad thing. The smiles we got today really made our day too,” Shumpert said.