LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - Some distracted drivers got quite the surprise this week when LAPD Chief Charlie Beck stopped them on his motorcycle, but not to deliver a ticket.
Beck was working with the LAPD Valley Traffic Division on Thursday.
He wrote on Instagram: "Had the pleasure of joining two @lapdvtd motor officers and engaging in some traffic enforcement in @lapdvannuysdiv. We were looking for motorists that were driving distracted. After the stop, we explained the dangers of driving distracted, and warned them....then gave them some holiday cheer in the form a gift card."
Beck pulled over drivers who were distracted: some were talking on cell phones and others were texting.
Another driver was observed talking on the phone while driving. No phone call is worth your safety or anyone else's- Warning/gift card given pic.twitter.com/ANnvBafBNz— Chief Charlie Beck (@LAPDChiefBeck) December 16, 2016
But instead of a ticket, each driver got a warning about the dangers of distracted driving along with a holiday gift card.