Oregon deputy offers pies instead of tickets

1123-marion-co-piesSublimity, Ore. – One Marion County Sheriff’s deputy has a unique way to change driving behavior—he gave out pies to drivers who had been pulled over for traffic violations.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Tom Barber was approached by an anonymous person who wanted to donate the pies. Deputy Barber commented, “What a creative way to impact our residents and perhaps change a behavior that makes our roads a safer place to travel for our residents and visitors.”

Deputy Barber pulled over ten motorists, and started his conversation how he always does. “Good afternoon, I’m Deputy Barber.” He would go on to explain why the motorist was stopped, but then came the twist. Deputy Barber would tell the violators the fine would be a “nice round figure.”1123-marion-co-pies-feat

The sheriff’s office said Deputy Barber then would go to his patrol car, and return to the motorist with a pie. “A pie in lieu of a citation, it’s certainly unique, I had one driver break into tears I couldn’t believe it. I just hope this is a Thanksgiving week that those ten motorists will never forget,” added Deputy Barber.

MCSO said Deputy Barber, who has been an officer for over 19 years, serves around 200 residents who live within the city of Sublimity, Oregon.

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