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Shiawassee Sheriff's Deputy Praised After Traffic Stop

Deputy Lawson Makes 'Deal' With Driver: Distribute "Distracted Driving" Postcards

Posted by Owosso Now at 12:38am 7/13/19

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Rebecca Barror

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Rebecca Barror was driving to East Lansing on Thursday July 11th when a Shiawassee County Sheriff's deputy spotted her speeding and looking at her phone.  

Deputy Craig Lawson initiated a traffic stop.

"I could try and justify that I was responding to a client for my job and it was important, but distracted driving is distracted driving...and it can be deadly," Barror later wrote in a Facebook post.

"Deputy Lawson was so kind, and more importantly, cares about people’s lives," she said.

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Barror confessed to using "extremely poor judgment" but shared that instead of giving her a ticket, Deputy Lawson gave her three 'Distracted Driving Postcards,' and a charge to hold on to one and share the remaining two with others.

"I told him I would do one better. That I would use my mistake (and it was a big one) to try and reach more people," Barror wrote.
  
Barror's Facebook post has now been shared nearly 2,000 times. It includes the hashtag #vowtochange.  

In a subsequent post, Barror admitted "Some people are angry that I did not get a ticket, and I will absolutely own that I deserved one. But had it not been the positive experience that it was, I never would have called myself out on social media and we would never have reached as many people."

Barror also said "In addition, I would like this to show yet another example of how law enforcement truly are caring people who are looking out for the best interests of the citizens in an effort to keep us all safer. Kudos to you Deputy Lawson on making this world a better place!"

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