Hey Police Lt. Joe Schroeder – what happened to you? Did you not get something for Christmas one year and now you’re bucking to be the nation’s ultimate Scrooge?
I am all for logical law enforcement and making people follow the rules. But this is just crazy…
Here’s the story, courtesy of UPI – and a link to the story itself: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/13/Xmas-lights-on-truck-yield-274-ticket/UPI-86461355437406/
WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 13 (UPI) — A Kansas man given a $274 citation for decking his pickup truck out in Christmas lights said his illuminated vehicle has been spreading holiday cheer.
David Hill of Wichita, founder of the group OneSpark, which aims to feed and clothe the homeless, said he spent 16 hours covering his truck in Christmas lights and hooking them to a generator in the bed of the vehicle, KAKE-TV, Wichita, reported Thursday.
Hill said he was surprised when he was pulled over two weeks ago on the highway and fined $274 for his light display.
“I’m not saying he was right or wrong,” Hill said of the ticketing officer. “The bottom line is there’s so many people in this town right now that are hurting. And literally, there’s been thousands of people that have taken pictures with that truck and it’s brought a smile to their face.”
Hill said he will leave the lights on his truck to spread Christmas cheer and bring attention to his organization’s charitable efforts.
Police Lt. Joe Schroeder said the lights could prove a dangerous distraction for other drivers.
“When you take a vehicle and you cover it with that many lights, it’s an issue of safety,” Schroeder said. “You’re going to get the rubberneckers who are going to be staring at the vehicle. They’re going to have a collision or rear end somebody because they’re too busy looking at this car that’s driving down the road.”
Whether you find the Kansas guy name David Hill a nut or not, you have to admire his efforts. He has reportedly started a group to feed and clothe the homeless and as part of his efforts he decided to go crazy and decorate the heck out of a pickup truck.
He has tons of lights on the truck and they’re connected to a generator. Hill says that his town has had a lot of suffering lately and that his truck has brought smiles to the faces of the residents. Some have even taken pictures with it.
So what does Lt. Schroeder do? He stops him and gives him a $274 citation. His logic is that the truck will cause such a distraction that it could cause accidents, etc.
Does anyone really believe that will happen? I sure don’t. And frankly – as cynical as I am sometimes – that the guy is doing it partly for the attention of it all and hopefully to really raise money or gather food for those in need.
So what is the real reason for a $274 citation? Beats me.
Hey, Lt. Schroeder, here’s a suggestion: instead of giving the guy a ticket, just tell him to unplug the lights…
Hey, ‘tis the season, right?
Apparently not in Wichita, Kansas.
— Andy Hachadorian