Cop Gives Man Nearly $300 Ticket For Driving Truck Covered In Christmas Lights
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WICHITA, Kan. (CBS St. Louis) — A man was pulled over by local authorities after they caught a glimpse of his truck which was completely covered in colorful Christmas lights to celebrate the holiday season.
The truck was being driven by David Hill, who is credited as the founder of a movement called “One Spark Can Start a Fire.” The movement’s Facebook page says their mission is “change the world one Spark at a time by encouraging random acts of kindness.”
The vehicle is referred to as the “kindness truck” on the social networking site.
“[H]undreds of people took picture of the light of love and kindness truck and everyone except one loved it,” he wrote in the photo’s caption. “Yes this nice police officer wrote me a ticket for having the wrong color lights facing the front. I can have white and amber but not blue, red or green.”
He added that the ticket could amount to at least $275.
While speaking with KSN News, Lt. Joe Schroeder explained why Hill was issued a ticket for the truck’s blinding decorations.
“It’s a safety issue,” he was quoted as saying by the station. “When somebody puts colored lights on their vehicle, they’re saying ‘Everybody look at me,’ and when people are looking at that particular vehicle, they become a hazard.”
The traffic stop happened Saturday night, KSN News learned, when Hill’s car was spotted and ticketed in part for having blue and red lights on the front of his vehicle.
According to Schroeder, only white lights are allowed in front of the car, and red brake lights in the rear.
Though Schroeder insisted to the station that the Wichita Police were not trying to be “Grinches,” Facebook fans of the movement were all the same angered by the fine.
“What’s that saying? ‘No good deed ever goes unpunished,'” one comment read. “He could have just given you a warning.”
Another person added, “That was unnecessary! Love this truck and I am sure it has brought a lot of smiles around town!”
Hill is reportedly looking on the bright side, however. He told the station that the fine is worth it for the attention the incident is bringing to “One Spark” and their efforts help others.