Wouldn’t it be nice if a policeman stopped you not just to punish you for breaking the law, but also to tell you when you’re doing a good job?
In the Kennebecasis Valley, which is on the outskirts of Saint John, N.B., policemen have started giving citizens “positive” tickets when they follow the law properly. The Positive Ticket Campaign credits people for doing things we aren’t usually rewarded for, like pulling over on the side of the road to take a phone call (instead of driving while distracted).
Take for example New Brunswick resident Janet Waddell. She was given a ticket after crossing at a crosswalk instead of jaywalking. To top it off, her positive ticket wasn’t a plain, old card that said she did a good job. Instead, she got a free meal at Pita Pit — are you jealous yet?
“Things like crossing at a crosswalk or pulling over and using your cell phone on the side of the road rather than trying to text while driving…” said Kennebecasis Regional Police Communications Officer Krystal Daley. “This is a way to put a positive spin on motor vehicle stop.” This means that you could be rewarded for the simple things you (hopefully) do everyday.
No longer will your heart hammer out of your chest when you see those red and blue flashing lights behind your car in the rear-view mirror (whether it’s you that’s being pulled over or not). Because, who knows, instead of doing something bad, you could have done something right.
In New Brunswick, the police appreciate you when you follow the law.