Somehow traffic stops on one day in Halifax, Virginia, were simultaneously higher than average, but citations were lower than average. The reason? Not all the cars being pulled over were in trouble for failing to signal, or a cracked windshield. Instead, several vehicles were pulled over for violation vehicle code 1739.
Officers Kevin Lands and Brian Warner of the Halifax Police Department were patrolling the streets that day, and they have an explanation. They were trying to think of a way to make drivers on the road smile, and strengthen the relationship with police within the community.
It’s safe to say they succeeded after one of their traffic stops resulted in laughter, instead of anger. According to USA Today, vehicle code 1739 is the best infraction you be pulled over for.
“It’s actually against the law to drive on a hot day without an ice cream cone,” Officer Warner told a worried driver.
The look on her face is priceless.
When the officer first approached her vehicle, you could see how nervous she was. She had no idea why she was being pulled over, and nobody likes to get a ticket. When you’re behind the wheel of a car, the last thing you want is to see red and blue lights flash in your rearview mirror.
The officer introduces himself, asks her if she knows why she got pulled over, and goes into his rehearsed explanation of why he pulled her over. After he tells her it’s illegal to be driving without an ice cream cone, all the tension and worry eases away and is replaced with boisterous laughter.
“On behalf of the Halifax Police Department, we’re just making sure everybody is following all the laws today and are driving with ice cream cones.”
Both passengers are laughing when the officer produces two ice cream cones. He hands them to the young lady he pulled over, who appears to be teetering on the edge between laughing and crying.
Some who have watched the video have questioned the officers right to pull over a car that had done nothing wrong. But the officers assured everyone that all the cars they pulled over that day had committed a minor traffic violation, and that nobody’s fourth amendment rights were violated.
It doesn’t appear that the young lady driving the car, and the man in the passenger seat were worried about that anyway. The two sides parted ways, but not until the passenger told the officers, “You all have a wonderful and blessed day.”
“We just wanted to make sure you were in compliance. Have a great day,” Officer Warner replied.
The police chief in Halifax, Virginia is getting calls from media around the country about this video — which has gone viral. He and an officer pulled over drivers this week for violating a little known law. "You cannot drive on a hot day without ice cream."But instead of writing driving tickets, the two handed out cold treats to drivers The chief said he wanted to see more people smiling.I do too.
Posted by Scott Wise – WTVR CBS 6 on Saturday, July 30, 2016