Florida police are going undercover to catch dangerous criminals in West Palm Beach. The police are going undercover as giant Easter bunnies. Police are standing in the median while traffic is crawling past in Easter bunny costumes.
As morning commuter traffic slowed to a crawl earlier this week, motorists saw a bunny with a sign reading “Have a safe, hoppy holiday. Buckle up!”
That bunny was an undercover police officer watching commuters and checking to see who has their seat belt on and who doesn’t. The police officer then reports to another officer which commuters did not have their seatbelts on. The citation in West Palm Beach, Florida for not wearing your seat belt is $116 dollars.
The officers started their sting at 8 am and had given out over 50 citations in the first 2 hours alone. The effort was called “Operation Hippity Hop”. Commuters were also cited if they had the seat belt on but under the arm instead of over their chest .
It was the department’s way of spicing up the educational enforcement campaign. “You never know where we’re going to be or what we’re going to look like,” Bessette said.
This same tactic was used by police in Glendale, California in 2010 until a councilman found out about it. He called it dangerous and a poor use of the city’s resources. One wonders in the city officials in Florida will agree.