Archive for Friday, August 22, 2008

Groups to hand out bucks for buckling up

August 22, 2008


Need a dollar? State Farm Insurance, Safe Kids Kansas and the Kansas Department of Transportation are rewarding safe drivers and buckled-up passengers by passing out $1 bills. Just where or when is part of the mystery.

Between today and Sept. 1, representatives from the three groups will patrol the streets of Lawrence, looking for drivers and passengers wearing seat belts. Those who are wearing seat belts will receive a $1 bill; those who are not will be handed educational pamphlets.

"Quite frankly, we're giving money away," said Eric Smith, a State Farm agent. About eight representatives of the three groups will patrol the streets looking for safe drivers.


Confrontation 9 years, 7 months ago

No wonder my State Farm rates are going up and up and up. No accidents, you get an increase. No tickets, you get an increase. See you later, State Farm!

Romans832 9 years, 7 months ago

Aren't parents told to catch their child doing something good and reinforce it? As a private individual, I've recently begun "rewarding" people for doing the "right" thing ($1 gift certificates for fast food). They are surprised and thrilled (both young and not-so-young), and hopefully encouraged to continue doing the right thing. And I thought it would be a better use of my energy to acknowledge the good rather than criticize others' negative behavior so often (I've not stopped doing that completely, though). I actually hope this "reward" concept would translate to our local police. In fact, Romans 13:3 has always been a puzzle to me: "Then do what is good, and you will receive his [the authorities'] approval." Seems so foreign to anything I've ever experienced. Then again, contrary to what others think, Lawrence isn't paradise.

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