Melbourne, FL (Florida Today) -- Motorists caught speeding to grandma's house in Melbourne weregreeted with a bittersweet Christmas Day surprise as officers doled outwarnings and tickets alongside scratch-off lottery games.
The unique move was an added touch Melbourne police officers wanted to put on the normally quiet holiday traffic.
By1 p.m. Christmas Day, more than 30 scratch-off game tickets were handedout to speeders and other traffic violators in a bid to spread holidaycheer while keeping the roads safe, police say.
"We're just doing a little bit of a different technique," said Sgt. Jamie Rocque.
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