By Lookout Staff
November 23 – It may be a good thing if you get
pulled over by police this holiday season.
Starting Monday, police and traffic services officers will ticket
drivers they see operating their vehicles safely. But instead
of a fine, the rewarded motorists will get two free round trips
on any Big Blue Bus and a free ride on the holiday Shoppers Shuttle.
Sponsored by the Police Department and the Big Blue bus, the
Safe Driver “Ticket” Campaign hopes to encourage drivers
to operate their vehicles safely, reduce traffic congestion and
keep the environment green by staying out of their cars whenever
“Tickets will be given people observed being courteous,
cautious and promoting public safety or taking actions to reduce
traffic on the streets and parking lots,” said Capt. Alex
Padilla, the Police Department spokesman.
Those awarded a ticket under the program -- which ends January
1 -- can try any line on the Big Blue Bus, which has routes throughout
Santa Monica and Los Angeles and serves more than 51 square miles.
“The Santa Monica Police Department reminds everyone to
look out for each other and drive safely, because police and traffic
services officers will be looking out for you…to give you
a Safe Driver ‘Ticket,’” Padilla said.