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Cardboard Cops Slow Down Speeders

By Chris V. Thangham     Jun 7, 2008 in Crime
Vancouver police are unveiling cardboard cops that point a radar gun at the traffic to control speeders and traffic accidents.
Vancouver police will have up to eight cardboard replica cops initially on Knight Street and will extend the project to other streets in the near future.
Vancouver police traffic Staff Sgt. Ralph Pauw made this announcement and said real cops may also be present along with the replicas.
Police will display them at the beginning of their shifts and may or may not stand behind them to control the traffic. They will then take them down at the end of their shift.
Pauw said the cardboard cops are inexpensive so they may buy more in the future. The cardboard is covered with rainproof plastic and is also easy to clean if someone draws graffiti on them.
Pauw told Vancouver Sun about the effectiveness of these new cutouts.
The cut-outs were tested on the street for a few hours earlier this week and a tow-truck driver pulled up and started talking to it.
The reason they are installing these fake cops on Knight Street first is because more than 25 people died in traffic incidents last year and 7 more died so far this year. Many are also driving too fast; police have recorded speeds of up to 115 km/h (71 mph) in a 50 km/h (31 mph) speed limit zone. The speeding tickets are however high for the offenders, it ranges from $138 to $483 depending on the speeds.
The police hope to reduce the speeds with the cardboard cops.
In the U.S. the police install fake police cars to slow down speeders. I have seen a few of them in my city. The traffic really slows down once they see a police car.
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