Mankato-Public Safety has joined more than 85 jurisdictions across the state in the “Lights On!” program. Instead of citations, vouchers that can be used to replace bulbs or repair a headlight, taillight, brake light or turn signal at no cost (up to $250) may be issued.

“The program is an opportunity to help motorists get these important items fixed for safety while also building relationships with the public,” says Commander Justin Neumann. “We encourage motorists to be diligent in repairing these items because a voucher won’t necessarily be issued at every stop, such as with a motorist who’s had multiple warnings.”

Vouchers simply need to be brought to any participating auto repair center. Residents with inoperable lights may also request a voucher at the Public Safety Center, 710 S. Front St. Although the building is closed to public access, the front door lobby is open. Contact staff through the lobby phone.

Funding for the program is provided through MicroGrants.