Instead of writing ticket, Texas police officers buy car seats for driver’s 3 children

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CEDAR PARK, Texas (Oct. 22, 2015) – Police had every right to issue a Texas driver a ticket after finding him with an expired registration and a malfunctioning light.

But they did something extraordinary after noticing three children in the backseat didn’t have car seats, reports KVUE.

Officer Justin Gower pulled over the truck on Oct. 17, and something about the driver jogged his memory. He called in another officer, Cale Hawkins, who’d encountered the man a few weeks before. According to Hawkins, the man and his children were living in a hotel; all of their money was going toward that. Gower realized giving him three tickets wasn’t going to do any good.

“Those kids were still going to have to be driven somewhere, somehow with no car seats,” he told KVUE.

Gower and Hawkins put their money together. While Gower talked to the driver, Hawkins made a stop at Walmart, where an employee helped him pick the right car seats. The store even gave him a slight discount, putting the total at $145.

When Hawkins returned, he and Gower helped install the three pink cars seats for the children, who are 1, 3 and 4 years old.

The driver called it “nothing short of a miracle” and said the officers “have been a blessing.”

Once other Cedar Park officers learned what Gower and Hawkins did, they also chipped in money to pay for the car seats.