Drivers Get Turkeys Instead of Traffic Tickets in Montana

Drivers Get Turkeys Instead of Traffic Tickets in Montana Getty Images/iStockphoto

Some Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers.

Officers with the Billings Police Department checked for outstanding warrants Wednesday after pulling over drivers for traffic violations, the Billings Gazette reports.

Deep in the Sonoran Desert in Tuscan, Arizona, you will find Marcia Lincoln and her turkey farm. Lincoln started breeding the animals about eight years ago as a hobby. "You can get carried away hatching birds, maybe that's why I have over 200 turkeys," says Lincoln. (Published Friday, Nov. 25, 2016)

If they found none, they issued a written warning and a frozen turkey.

Businessman Steve Gountanis bought the 20 turkeys and asked the department to distribute them in time for the holiday.

Driver Larry Riddle appreciated the surprise after he was pulled over for not signaling a turn.

Riddle's wife died of cancer and he lives alone on a limited budget. Each year, he tries to make a holiday meal for his daughter and himself.