- Associated Press - Friday, December 22, 2017

ALTOONA, Wis. (AP) - Police in the western Wisconsin city of Altoona have handed out something different to traffic violators - hams instead of tickets.

WEAU-TV reports that an anonymous donor gave the police department $500 to spread some holiday cheer. With that money, officers partnered with a local Woodman’s supermarket and went on ham patrol Thursday.

Officer Anthony Helstern would tell lucky violators, “Ham a Merry Christmas.”

Helstern says they’d like people to understand it’s not always the worst thing in the world to get pulled over. He says something good can come from of it, whether it’s education about safety - or a gift.

One of those motorists jokingly asked if it was OK not to stop at stop signs anymore.

Helstern told him not to make it a regular practice.


Information from: WEAU-TV, http://www.weau.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide