A local news report that the Arizona police would persuade good drivers to reward them with coupons in a & # 39; positive ticketing & # 39; campaign led Monday to outrage on social media, causing the police to make it clear that they never someone would stop.
Tempe outlet 12News tweeted a clip from & # 39; Today in AZ & # 39; about the police campaign.
& # 39; Today the police are starting a campaign to promote good driving. Officers will attract people who follow the traffic laws … but instead of a ticket you get a discount voucher for a free drink at Circle K – give your reaction to this new initiative below! & # 39; the station wrote.
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This tweet led to an angry reaction: Local outlet News12 said that agents & # 39; will persuade people who follow traffic laws & # 39;
The local point of sale said Tempe police officers (pictured) would hand out a free drink voucher to good drivers
& # 39; Today in AZ & # 39; anchor Paul Gerke tweeted that Tempe officers were planning to & # 39; ticket & # 39; (give coupons) for following the traffic rules
The clip went viral and the Twitter verse reacted furiously, with reactions ranging from & # 39; this is sucker & # 39; to some people who accuse the campaign as illegal.
& # 39; It's ridiculous, I don't want your free drink, I want you to leave me alone & # 39 ;, one user wrote.
Another person tweeted: & # 39; The reward I want from the police for good driving is that they leave me alone. & # 39;
& # 39; The dumbest idea ever. Don't interrupt my day for a free drink. And what about abuse of power and probable cause? Can they use these stops to arrest or search based on probable cause (for example, smell alcohol) after they persuade you for a legitimate reason? & # 39; someone else wrote.
& # 39; It is illegal for the police to stop you from driving legally & # 39 ;, another person said.
Seth Stoughton, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina and former police officer, tweeter: & I welcome sentiment, but this is absolutely illegal. A traffic stop is a seizure and must be supported by a likely cause of a traffic violation or a reasonable suspicion of a crime. A traffic stop without one of those legal justifications is contrary to the fourth amendment. & # 39;
The Twitter verse reacted furiously, with responses ranging from & # 39; this is damn & # 39; to some people who accuse the campaign as illegal
In response to the anger on social media, the Tempe police tweeted that they never intended to persuade anyone.
& # 39; Positive ticket campaign: the aim of the event is to positively involve the public in legislation regarding the safety of cyclists, scooters and pedestrians. During this campaign, @TempePolice will not proactively stop vehicles, bicycles, scooters or pedestrians, & wrote the department.
& # 39; We are not violating the rights of anyone & # 39 ;, police spokesman Det. Greg Bacon told me The Republic of Arizona.
Police who observe pedestrians or cyclists according to traffic laws can walk up to them, thank them and give a discount voucher for a free hot or cold drink in a Circle K supermarket, Bacon explained.
For example, an agent stationed at a school can see a student wearing a helmet while cycling on campus and later give him a discount coupon as a rating.
Or a patrol officer can hand out a coupon to someone in line at a fast food restaurant when he sees that he surrenders well to a pedestrian.
In response to the anger on social media, the Tempe police tweeted that they never intended to persuade anyone
Instead of persuading motorists (file image), the police will reward pedestrians or cyclists with a coupon after following the traffic rules
& # 39; No one is required to have a conversation with a police officer, & # 39; said Bacon.
& # 39; This is about consensual interactions with the community & # 39 ;, he told the New York Post, adding: & # 39; This is an educational campaign. We explicitly said that we did not bring people out. & # 39;
Bacon said he didn't know where the confusion came from.
News12 later wrote: & # 39; After we posted our clip from Today in AZ about the campaign, which was interpreted as officers who reward drivers for following traffic laws, the clip went viral. & # 39;
Many Twitter users responded cold, even to the clarified version of the campaign.
& # 39; Nobody wants that either. Leave people alone, & one person wrote.
& # 39; Still not, & # 39; another said.
It is not the first time that the Tempe police have implemented this initiative, after setting up a similar project with Circle K last year.
The police hand out the coupons until they run out.
Many Twitter users even reacted coldly to the clarified version of the campaign, with one saying: & nobody wanted that either. Leave people alone & # 39;
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