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Belgium: Fake Cops To Slow Down Vehicles

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Uniformed Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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It's not a new idea (see related articles below), but it is very effective. It's so effective that the Police in Zaventem, Belgium are conducting an experiment but placing fake, cardboard, cops alongside the road to slow down cars and motorcycles.

The lifelike and real size "fake" cops will be place at strategic places alongside the road. Most vehicles when they see cops alongside the road automatically slow down.

Belgium Cardbord Cops

But to make sure that drivers don't get used to the fake cops, they plan to occasionally put real cops there. More of these cops should start appearing around Belgium. Initial studies has proven that speeds drop 4-5 kilometers when drivers see cops alongside the road. Placing these "cheap" police officers alongside places like schools, hospital and other areas where there are a lot of people makes a lot of sense. Have a look at the (French language) video below to see what it looks like.

It's sure is more cost effective than radars, a hell of a lot nicer and more cheaper of the biker's wallet. On top of that, it's a real safety measure, not a repression. It's something more countries should implement.

Anyone want to second the motion?

L'IBSR songe à installer de faux policiers le long des routes

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Mike Wood in Salem, Ohio produces life-sized cardboard kids for exactly that purpose: slow people down!

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Via: Le Repaire Des Motards

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