When was the last time you took a look around your vehicle to make sure all your lights were functioning? Do you even recall the last time you had it into a shop for something similar? Perhaps it has been something you noticed that you thought you would get to eventually; let this be a reminder that it is a ticketable offence to have both tail lights or one headlight out according to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.
In the town of Oxford, Mississippi, however if you are caught in violation of that town’s laws when it comes to your lights instead of getting a ticket you will get something else.
Thanks to a local body shop manager Ronnie Harwell of Southland Body Shop they have what is called the “We Care Program” which is where the police will give a person with a light out a voucher for $25 which they can take to one of 4 participating shops in the area and get the light fixed for free. The voucher is only good for 30 days and presumably after that the individual would be given a ticket if found to still not have fixed the light.
Ronnie came up with the idea for the “We Care Program” and presented it to police. “I just thought that it would be a good program for our city,” Harwell said. “It’s not something that was developed overnight. It did come with a lot of help with a lot of other shops and places in town.” In fact he worked on getting the program off the ground for nearly seven months. But Harwell said he is just looking to lend a helping hand to whoever needs it. “There’s people out there, instead of paying a ticket, they need to buy groceries, or they need to pay their light bill,” he said. “For whatever reasons they shouldn’t have the burden of a taillight being a ticket.” He added, “No one ever takes the time to walk around their car and see if all their lights are working. We just don’t do it. I don’t do it,” Harwell said. “So why should you be penalized for something that you haven’t checked?”
Since the start of the program, police have given out about 30 vouchers. Drivers have 30 days to put the voucher to use. So far, about a third of those who were given a voucher have come into one of the four shops involved in the program to redeem it. The shops foot the bill for the $12,500.00 program which saves the tax payers the cost, though the program will end once the money runs out.
It should certainly serve as a good reminder to check your lights, and it isn’t a terrible idea for any municipality to look into. You can read more about the “We Care Program” of Oxford, Mississippi, in your Good News Story of the Day here.
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