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Grinch Patrols Traffic in Florida Keys, Hands Out Onions

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    Monroe County Sheriff's Lieutenant Lou Caputo, dressed as the Grinch, helps Monroe County Sheriff deputy James Jenkins with the laser gun as they look for speeders driving through a school zone Dec. 19, 2008, in Marathon, Florida.

    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.