Grinch patrols traffic in Florida Keys

- Motorists who slightly exceed the speed limit through selected school zones on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway during the holidays might merely get an onion from the Grinch instead of a costly traffic citation.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Col. Lou Caputo donned the Grinch costume Tuesday afternoon and stood beside deputies as they aimed a speed radar gun at motorists traveling by a Keys elementary school.

Caputo says he portrays the fictional character created by children's author Dr. Seuss to give motorists a "gift" but also to emphasize obeying speed limits in school zones.

Drivers caught who travel about 5 mph or less above the school zone speed limit have their choice of the onion or a ticket.

Those speeding beyond that likely get a citation.

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