Chesapeake Police hand out turkeys in place of traffic tickets

Posted at 6:01 AM, Dec 11, 2020

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Getting pulled over never tasted so good!

Friday, December 11 marks the return of what's become a favorite holiday tradition for the Chesapeake Police Department - handing out turkeys instead of traffic tickets.

Beginning at 8 a.m., police officers made traffic stops and, provided the circumstances with the driver were okay, forwent writing them a ticket and handed them a turkey instead.

The event was in partnership with Kroger and the committee for the Chesapeake Jubilee. The idea started several years ago with Chesapeake resident Rodney Foster, who wanted to brighten the holidays for people.

Police told News 3 that because of COVID-19, officers would be wearing masks when giving out the turkeys.

Extra money raised to purchase the turkeys will be donated to the Chesapeake Crime Line.