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Ranson lets speeders pay in toys

RANSON, W.Va. -- Motorists who get ticketed for speeding in one West Virginia city can avoid facing a judge or paying a fine by donating to the police department's holiday toy drive.

The Ranson Police Department calls it the "Slow Down for the Holidays'' program. Lt. Todd Lutman tells The Journal that anyone cited for speeding in the city in the days leading up to Christmas has three options: contest the ticket in court, decline to contest it and pay the fine, or buy a toy for an underprivileged child and get the citation dismissed. The toy has to be new and cost at least $40, and the speeder has to provide a receipt.

Lutman says drivers without a lead foot also are welcome to donate to the program. 


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