Wichita police trade in tickets for gift cards during special enforcement

WICHITA, Kan. Wichita Police Monday traded in tickets for gifts.

Every year around the holidays, the Wichita Police Department rewards good drivers by handing out gift cards during traffic stops.

Monday was different for Officer Keven Kurtz as he ran his vehicle's lights and sirens to stop people for doing the right thing behind the wheel.

"You're using your blinkers and you guys got your seat belts on," He told people pulled over on one of his stops. "We're going to reward you guys today with a gift card instead of a citation."

The $50 Kroger gift card from police was a shock for most drivers who received one Monday.

"I'm like, 'Oh, okay. that will work,'" says one woman of the traffic stop in which she received a gift card Monday.

Kurtz hopes stopping people who are following the law sends a message.

"We're watching them all the time, good and bad, so they can feel comforted knowing that we're out there not just stopping people from doing bad things," he says.

Monday's enforcement is also meant to give a few lucky people a boost before Christmas.