COQUITLAM, B.C. — The RCMP is borrowing an idea from the United Kingdom by using a cut−out of a police officer to try and slow down traffic in Coquitlam, B.C.
The Mounties have dubbed the life−sized figure "Constable Scarecrow," which will be used on roads in the community in a pilot project for the next two months.
The metal poster cut−out shows a police officer in a bright yellow RCMP jacket holding up a laser speed−reader.
Sgt. Quentin Frewing says in a news release similar cut−outs have been used in the U.K. but the Mounties "haven’t seen it used here in combination with scientific monitoring."
Frewing says it’s "a low−cost, good−humoured way" to improve the police presence that might also make people think twice about speeding.
The Mounties are not revealing the exact locations where the cut−out will be used, saying several problem speeding locations will be a likely priority.
The Canadian Press