Thanks to a new community program, your burned-out tail light doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a ticket.
The Wichita Police Department has partnered with Lights On! A community-driven program with the mission to heal relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies. So, instead of punishing drivers for broken lights, WPD officers on traffic stops can provide a voucher for a free repair on mechanical problems with the vehicle rather than citing the driver. Some common mechanical violations include burned-out light bulbs, broken turn signals, etc.
The Lights On! initiative will launch in the 67214 zip code initially. WPD hopes to expand the program citywide in the coming months.
Local businesses that partnered with the department include the following:
Auto Mech, 4615 E. 13th St. N. Wichita, KS 67208
G&L Garage, 2502 E. 13th St. N. Wichita, KS 67214
Nail’s Auto Service, Inc., 1402 N. Hillside Wichita, KS 67214
WPD Chief of Police Gordon Ramsay says “For some families, a broken taillight or turn signal can sometimes mean choosing between a minor auto repair and buying groceries. A citation for these minor offenses can lead to further financial strain..."
To learn more, visit LightsOnUS.Org.