Spreading Christmas cheer to drivers in Wicomico County
WICOMICO Co., Md. – On Thursday, Deputies with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office were out in force pulling over people for traffic violations.
Chase Harmon, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy said, “[We’re looking for] things like broken wind shields, broken tail lights, maybe a miscolored bumper, something like that.”
The Sheriff’s Office’s goal wasn’t to hand out tickets, rather, it was to help out those less fortunate during the holiday season.
Shane Baker, a Deputy First Class with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said, “We are giving people money today.”
In place of a ticket, some lucky drivers received $100… in addition to a written warning. The drivers who received this money were carefully chosen by the Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Baker said, “It’s after we make contact with the people to see how their holiday is going and if they could use some extra help.”
For some, the gift of $100 was enough to bring them to tears. For others, the gift simply brought joy. You may be wondering, how could the Sheriff’s Office afford to do something like this?
Deputy Baker explained, “They’re providing the money, Pohanka is, and the Sheriffs Department is actually doing the traffic stops.”
Deputies participating tell us taking part in this giveaway really helps to reinforce the reason for the season.
Deputy Baker said, “I love to help people, so anything I can do to help someone especially have a better holiday for them and their family means a lot to me.”
That’s why members of the Sheriff’s Office hope to keep doing this in the years to come.
Deputy Harman said, “It really benefits a lot of people, a lot of good reactions.”
With the help of Pohanka Automotive Group, the Sheriff’s Office gave out roughly $2,000 to drivers in Wicomico County on Thursday.
We’re told the Sheriff’s Office has been doing this for 4 years now.