Brooklyn Park Police partners with Lights On!
July 14, 2017 03:11 PM
Broken car light
© City of Brooklyn Park
Pulling someone over for a lights equipment violation often puts police officers in a tough spot. Driving with a broken headlight, taillight or turn signal is a dangerous public safety issue, but for Minnesotans struggling to make ends meet that ticket can force a choice between a minor auto repair and buying groceries for their family. It can also be the beginning of a downward economic spiral that for some winds up in multiple tickets, confrontations with police and sometimes leading to the impoundment of their vehicle.
Thanks to Lights On!, the first-of-its-kind program, Brooklyn Park officers are able to offer a solution to those who can’t afford repairs. Now, when a vehicle is pulled over for burned out lights, officers can provide drivers with Lights On! vouchers redeemable for free repairs of broken lights at any of the eight Twin Cities Bobby and Steve’s Auto Worlds. The vouchers are valid even if the officer issues a citation.
The program is created by MicroGrants, a Minnesota non-profit that works with partner agencies to promote and support economic self-sufficiency through strategic grants to low-income people of potential. The repairs are done at no charge to the person issued the voucher. MicroGrants underwrites the cost of the repairs with support from businesses. There is no qualifying criteria or paperwork to give or receive the voucher.
The Brooklyn Park Police Department joins 15 other enthusiastic police departments around the metro including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Crystal, Edina, Maplewood, Mounds View, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Roseville, Spring Lake Park, St. Louis Park and West St. Paul.