Program Aims To Help Low-Income Families Get Car Repiars

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Starting Wednesday, there is a chance that drivers who get pulled over for a broken taillight may get a voucher instead of a ticket.

It’s all because of a new program called LightsOn!

LightsOn! is meant to help low-income Minnesotans pay for repairing auto lights.

Police in fifteen metro communities will make stops and decide if the driver deserves a voucher.

The nonprofit group, MicroGrants, wants to make roads safer, and help people who are financially stressed.

“Having this voucher and having it fixed, it really makes a huge difference in life that you don’t have to worry about those $30, $40 extra that you don’t have cause you’re trying to make a life with your kids. So, I’m very grateful for my light being fixed and I’m grateful for this program,” LightsOn! recipient Dora Vargas said.

Drivers stopped still may receive a ticket.

LightsOn! vouchers can be redeemed at any of the eight Bobby and Steve’s Auto World stations for free repairs.

Participating police departments include: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, Crystal, Edina, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Mounds View, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Roseville, Spring Lake Park, St. Louis Park, St. Paul and West St. Paul.

Comments

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  1. Tim Neumann says:

    Who is funding this free give away? The taxpayers in those cities or another MetCouncil scam? Life is not free and by continuing to hand out “free stuff” will not be an incentive to make alternate choices, like have more family than you can afford.

  2. They’ll just leave the non-functioning problem until they’re finally stopped. Why bother to fix it yourself if you’re just going to get a freebie? And no freebies for illegal aliens.

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