Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, and the Opelika Police Department have teamed up to launch a unique program designed to increase roadway safety leading into the holidays for local motorists. The announcement was made Monday at Advance’s store location at 401 2nd Ave. in Opelika.

Officers may issue a $25 gift card instead of a ticket or citation to encourage motorists to safely repair vehicle headlights, taillights or other minor issues.

“Our local team is thrilled to partner with Opelika Police to promote safer vehicle operations,” said Dylan Armour, Advance district manager. “As we approach the holiday travel season, it’s important that everyone in our community keeps vehicle safety top of mind. We’re looking forward to working alongside Chief Healey and his department on this program while serving motorists with quality auto parts and expert advice.”

Advance’s store team presented Capt. Johnathan Clifton and Opelika police officers with an Advance gift card donation of $2,500 to begin the initiative.

“We truly appreciate Advance Auto for their generous donation to our community,” said Police Chief Shane Healey. “Allowing our officers to hand out gift cards rather than citations goes a long way in strengthening our relationships within the community, which is what our ‘Together, Opelika’ campaign is all about.”

Motorists receiving a gift card may use the card at Advance’s two Opelika locations, throughout Alabama or online at

ABOUT ADVANCE AUTO PARTS:Advance Auto Parts Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of Oct. 8, 2022, Advance operated 4,747 stores and 313 Worldpac branches primarily within the United States, with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also served 1,335 independently owned Carquest-branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and various Caribbean islands. Additional information about Advance, including employment opportunities, customer services and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found at