Dad Is Given Car Seats -- Not Tickets -- When Stopped by Charitable Cops

A dad down on his luck thought he was in for it when he got pulled over for a broken taillight and expired tags on his car. In addition to those infractions, he also had his three young daughters in the backseat -- and none of them were safely restrained. But instead of giving the man a heap of tickets, the cops on duty went and bought him car seats for his children instead.


Faith in humanity restored.

Officer Justin Gower was troubled to find the girls, ages 1, 3, and 4, without safety seats in the back of the vehicle. The police could have issued the dad three tickets, plus more for the taillight and registration, but instead, he and his partner went to Walmart and spent $145 to get car seats for the kiddos.

Other officers working that day at the Cedar Park, Texas, police department chipped in toward the cost, in a move that likely changed this man's life. While he chose to remain unidentified, he told police it was "nothing short of a miracle. It was something that was really needed. The officers have been a blessing."

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Apparently, Gower's partner, Cale Hawkins, knew that the dad had been living in his car until recently and that the family was currently living in a motel room. So they decided to do something kind for the family, instead of ticketing them.

"They're trying to get things going, they're going in the right direction, and to issue them three citations for each child would just devastate them," Gower told KXAN-TV.

The Cedar Park police department was 100 percent behind the them, even posting about it on Facebook.

We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from all of you about K9 Officer Justin Gower and Officer Cale Hawkins...

Posted by Cedar Park Police Department on Thursday, 22 October 2015

I adore this story, especially with all of the bad press cops around the nation have been getting. It's an amazing reminder that good people still exist, and it's an inspiration to the rest of us to offer a little bit of kindness wherever we can.


Image via Cedar Park Police Department/Facebook

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