Clinton police “ticketing” kids


Clinton, Ind. (WTHI) – Most try to avoid getting pulled over by police.

The lights you see in your rear-view mirror aren’t usually a welcome sight, but what if officers started writing tickets to those who do the right thing?

Well, it’s happening right here in the Wabash Valley.

It’s taking kids by surprise, well a pleasant surprise.

Chief Perry Hollowell usually spends the afternoon patrolling the streets of Clinton.

“We’re looking for people who are breaking the law that are making things dangerous for everyone else,” he said.

That wasn’t the case on Sunday.

It’s not long before chief Hollowell pulls over his car, gets out, and flags down a girl riding a bike on a nearby sidewalk.

Little Madeline has been caught, making a good decision.

“Would you like to have a DQ ice cream treat for being safe,” asks Chief Hollowell.

Madeline now has a “ticket” for a free ice cream in return for wearing her helmet.

“If we see them doing something safe we want to make sure we re-enforce that, wearing a bicycle helmet, walking on a sidewalk rather than in the road,” said Chief Hollowell.

Showing kids in the community that good choices don’t go unnoticed.

“I think knowing that she got rewarded for wearing a helmet and doing the right thing and being safe that’s a good thing, and I think it will help her,” said Brandon Kelsheimer, Madeline’s Dad.

It’s not just about promoting safety but making sure kids aren’t intimidated by the uniform and badge.

“They see the human side of us where we are stopping to tell them something good, as when most people feel like when the police stop you it’s for something bad. It lets them know that we care, and it gives us a connection with the youth in the community,” said Chief Hollowell.

Officers will be giving out tickets until the start of the school year, so kids make sure you put safety first and you may be the next one to get spotted doing the right thing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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