British Columbia: Police unveil cardboard cops
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Well I have seen unattended Police cars on the side of the road as decoys to slow down speeders, now Cardboard Cutouts of Cops to slow down speeders is a new one on me. I know some of the forces officers, and let me tell you those cardboard cutouts better come in Extra, Extra large if they want these officers to hide behind them.
Now as a Human Health Risk Consultant to Police Agencies and other Government and Military Departments, I have a problem with this, my role is to assess risk for officers health and safety.
Here is the problem, anyone who has followed behind a speeder whizzing by you who comes across a radar trap or police vehicle immediately slams on the brakes. When they do this, the speeding cars most times swerves wildly until the driver gets the car under control, sometimes they don't and the car runs off the road or into oncoming traffic. I have seen it more than on one occasion.
Now an officer hiding behind a "Cardboard Cop" has his field of vision obscured, hence would only hear the screeching brakes of the offender, and most likely would be killed instantly if God forbid the car or tractor trailer lost control. If it does not injure or kill the officer, then the public at large are at risk from oncoming traffic, or if they are behind the "Panic Braking Speedster" who they were following too closely.
Now we all know the Road Rules, that "Speed Kills", perhaps they should rethink the Officer hiding behind the "Cardboard Cop" before it turns into "21 Gun Salute" or a "Civilian Roadside Memorial".
Police unveil cardboard copsNeal Hall, Vancouver SunPublished: Friday, June 06, 2008
A life-size replica of a Vancouver traffic cop pointing a radar gun at oncoming traffic was unveiled Thursday on city streets.
The police force has up to eight replica cops that initially will be deployed on Knight Street to try to reduce speeding and traffic fatalities.
"There may or may not be a police officer behind one of these cut-outs," Vancouver police traffic Staff Sgt. Ralph Pauw said at a news conference.