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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Cardboard cop slowing down speeders

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - Hoping to deter speeders, a Tennessee town uses a lifelike body double to remind drivers that the police are watching.
A full-size corrugated plastic cutout of a real Smyrna police officer is pretty convincing to most drivers when they catch a glimpse of him pointing his radar gun on the side of a busy street.
The speed limit on pedestrian-heavy Front Street is 15 mph, but some drivers speed between 25 and 60.
Sgt. Andy Miller sometimes even stands behind his plastic twin and catches speeding drivers who apparently aren't fooled by the cutout.


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