Police in Alberta using life size cut outs of cops with radar guns to slow down traffic

May 24, 2019, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

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Alberta police use life-size cut-outs of highway patrol officers to spook speeders

Lloydminster marks latest municipality to try out "scarecrow initiative" meant to get people to drive slower on busy roads


Some new scarecrows are popping up on the Prairies, but these aren’t meant for bluffing birds.

Life-size metal cut-outs of uniformed Mounties are being placed next to busy roads and intersections in Lloydminster, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.

The city says the fake officers are part of a pilot “scarecrow initiative” aimed at discouraging speeders. It’s modelled on a similar project that started last year in Coquitlam, B.C.

RCMP in that community said that within six months of introducing their police scarecrows, the number of drivers caught speeding by more than 10 km/h decreased by half. Glenn Alford with the City of Lloydminster said each cut-out costs about $325—a fraction of what it would cost to have a real officer monitor the locations.

“The new recruits aren’t much for conversation, but they have proven highly effective in their duties with other municipalities,” he said. “We expect this program will have positive results here in Lloydminster.”


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