Scarecrows for speeders?

by Walter Olson on April 18, 2013

The town of Laurel, Maryland tries using fake traffic cameras. “Maryland law restricts most jurisdictions from putting speed cameras anywhere other than near schools, and they can only operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.” Other neighborhoods wanted cameras installed in hopes of reducing traffic speeds, so the town set up empty boxes. [DCist]


1 John Burgess 04.18.13 at 7:29 am

Did they run out of LEO silhouettes? Or out-of-service cop cars to park by the side of the road?

2 Shtetl G 04.18.13 at 10:00 am

All the extra accidents with none of the revenue. Brilliant!

3 John Rohan 04.18.13 at 2:13 pm

Seems to me that a fake police car by the side of the road would be even more of a deterrant.

4 MattS 04.18.13 at 4:05 pm

John Rohan,

Most jurisdictions that I am familiar with that do that use a real police car with a fake cop (manikin not impersonator).

5 Chris Hoey 04.18.13 at 4:43 pm

All they have to do is place radar wave broadcasters around town and watch the fuzz buster crowd react.

6 jesse spurway 04.19.13 at 11:59 am

I support this kind of law enforcement. They just need to get the kinks, and kickbacks, worked out.

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