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Marseilles police will be giving out turkey tickets again

Program a way to educate drivers, and promote holiday cheer

Marseilles Police Department's second annual turkey tickets program is underway.

The police department posted to its Facebook page: "As a reminder that you're being a turkey and to promote a safe holiday season, the Marseilles Police Department will be handing out turkeys with tickets while supplies last."

Marseilles Police Chief Brian Faber has said of the program “turkey tickets” are given out to low-severity traffic stops during the holiday season. Faber has said it’s the time of the season where officers see many equipment related stops, such as a headlight or brake lights out, or perhaps someone has a license plate that is out of date. Usually it’s something that might be a written warning, Faber said.

Officers provide the warning, then give out a turkey.

A woman from The Family Taco Buffet and Taquizas Maros in Marseilles posted on her business page: "(Wednesday) was the first time I was pulled over, I was a bit confused on why. After they asked for my information, the officer opens his trunk and pulls out a turkey. I was still a bit confused and nervous when he tells me it's called a turkey stop since Thanksgiving is coming up."

"We will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, to enjoy this wonderful turkey! Thank you so much to Marseilles Police Department and have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all! God bless everyone and stay safe."

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