Local deputy teaches lessons at traffic stops

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI (WILX) -- Sometimes you can make more of an impact without punishment.

With the frequency of distracted driving, a local sheriff's deputy is educating drivers about its dangers.

On Thursday, Rebecca Barror was driving along Lansing road when she saw the flashing lights behind her. She said she was speeding and fully expected a ticket, but the deputy had other plans.

"And he said do you know what speed you were going? And I said I'm ashamed to say I don't, but I'm assuming I was speeding. And he said you were, but even more importantly, do you know what was in your right hand? And I was like I do. I was looking at my phone," Barror said.

The deputy then asked her where she was going and what she did for a living. The conversation then turned to dangers of distracted driving, and Deputy Craig Lawson went back to his car to write the woman a ticket.

"I thought, I'm going to issue a citation on this lady and all of a sudden for some reason something came over me and I said, I got something better on this one," Deputy Lawson, of the Shiawassee County Sheriff said.

Deputy Lawson grabbed three cards and made his way back to her car. On the cards are facts about distracted driving.

"He said I'm going to give you one, and I want you to keep it for yourself, and I want you to pass out the two others to spread the message," Barror said.

But Barror did one better, she snapped a picture of the deputy and the card and posted them to Facebook to reach an even bigger audience. The post was then shared close to 2,000 times.

The two are happy it gained so much traction and thankful the situation didn't end differently.

"I really think it could have gone much much worse. A lot of people will learn their lesson when it's been something far more tragic. Lucky for me I could learn the lesson in a really positive way," Barror said.

"We're desperately trying to enforce this and educate people too. This is not about me, I did my job, that's what I'm out there for. This is going to save, she is going to save single-handidly through her social skills--she's going to save some lives," Lawson said.

Barror said that she made a vow to herself to never use her phone again while driving. She and Deputy Lawson hope others will do the same.

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department got the cards in April.

Deputy Lawson said he hands them out at every stop even if he pulled the driver over for something else.

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