— (AP) When a friend called and said she wanted to buy a gift for her mom and dad, she knew right away that she wanted something nice.
So she walked over to the register and bought a gift basket.
But it wasn’t just any basket.
It was one of the rarest and most expensive gift baskets in the state.
That’s because the state’s Department of Transportation has a policy of limiting sales to just one item per transaction.
It’s meant to keep traffic moving in a safe manner.
It’s also meant to protect the public from a flood of expensive gift items.
The Transportation Department says there are about 400,000 to 500,000 cars on the road in the Tulsa area each day.
The number of accidents is expected to increase to about 200,000 by 2019.
Tulsans roads are filled with dozens of accidents every year.
The department says it’s not unusual for a driver to leave an unattended gift basket on the roadway and drive away.
But that’s what happened to Sarah and Michael Schoen.
They thought they were just taking a selfie or getting something for their parents.
“We thought that it was just some sort of a joke and that’s just not the case,” said Sarah Schoen, whose husband Michael is a driver for the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Michael Schoen said his wife Sarah didn’t want to be seen sitting on the curb or even in a grocery store parking lot.
But the couple has to deal with other problems when they drive.
When a truck drives through their neighborhood, the Schoen’s son is struck by a semi-truck.
Sarah Schoe’s son, who was on his way to work, was also struck.
Sarah’s son was able to get a picture of the truck.
The Schoen family has to drive around to take pictures of their son.
Sarah Schoen told ABC News that they’re worried the gift basket they bought for her parents will be damaged if someone drives through the area.
Tulsa Mayor Jim Chambers said the city doesn’t believe the gift-basket ban is an effective way to reduce traffic accidents.
“I think that we need to look at all of our options and if that means having to restrict the number of vehicles, we’ll do that,” Chambers said.