By Matthew Brooks
There is nothing quite like driving along and suddenly seeing a cop on the side of the road.
Your heart skips a beat. You slam on the brakes. Sure, you were going around the speed limit, but you slow down just in case.
Knowing that the sight a police officer will change your driving behavior, a farmer in Great Britain came up with a clever way of getting people to slow down.
Edie Pope, 71, wanted drivers passing through her village to slow down. She set up a “scare-cop” on the side of the road.
The mannequin features the typical reflective yellow jacket and a peaked cap of a British police officer.
Pope went the extra kilometer by putting an object in the mannequin’s hands that looks like a radar gun.
She tells UPI that the scare-cop was originally created for a festival contest. A recent speed limit change in her area, she says, led to two car crashes in a short period of time.
Watch: British farmer deters speeders with dummy 'scare-cop' https://t.co/PSmyEEfBwa
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