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The Albany Police Department announced on Thursday that, in some traffic cases, it will hand out vouchers good for a discount at several area auto parts stores instead of writing a ticket that could result in a fine for the driver.

ALBANY — Albany Police Department officers who make traffic stops for a dead headlight or broken tail light soon could be returning to driver’s cars with some paperwork in hand.

But instead of the usual traffic citation, that paperwork could instead be a voucher for a discount on parts to fix a defective vehicle.

The department announced on Thursday that, in some traffic cases, it will hand out the vouchers, good for a discount at several area auto parts stores, instead of writing a ticket that could result in a fine for the driver.

The partnership with three auto parts retailers will provide vouchers good for a 10 percent discount on parts including headlights, tail and brake lights and windshield wipers needed to bring cars into compliance.

Participating stores in Albany are four Advance Auto Parts locations, two O’Reilly Auto Parts and three Auto Zone locations.

The Car Care Program will launch next week.

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