From Staff Reports

Safe drivers in Prosper stand to be rewarded with more than a pat on the back as the Police Dept. is once again instituting the Gift Cards for Safe Drivers program, according to Police Officer Marty Nevil, the department’s public information officer.

"We have had such a good reception for the program over the years we’ve run it, that we decided to bring it back. This means, of course, there just might be some unexpected holiday treats for lucky and safe Prosper drivers," she said.

Police officers who observe safe driving practices, especially within school zones and around campuses, will approach selected drivers, while the vehicle is stopped, and compliment the driver by presenting them with a gift card good at any retailer that accepts credit cards. The cards carry a cash value of $10.

The program is set for its one-week run from Monday, Dec. 16 to Friday, Dec. 20.

"Of course, drivers who follow traffic rules are almost always rewarded with fewer accidents, no citations, and creating a safe environment for everyone. However, during the targeted week, we will provide an additional reward to some of these law-abiding drivers as a way of saying thanks," she said.

Police will be on the lookout for drivers who follow traffic rules like wearing seat belts, avoiding the use of cell phones in school zones and maintaining the proper speed.

Money for the program comes from the Police Department’s contribution fund, money raised through community events and set aside for special expenditures. None of the funds for the program come from tax sources.

Nevil says expressing thanks to these conscientious drivers is wholly appropriate.

"By far, most Prosper residents are aware of, and strictly follow, traffic laws. We want to say thanks to a few of those who do by giving them a small gesture of our appreciation," she said.

While the main focus will be on those drivers who observe regulations in and around school zones, officers will be on the alert for safe drivers across Town.