In eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, the police have developed a very clever and cost-effective method for slowing down speeding drivers.
The police created a cardboard cutout of the back of a squad car, which is identical in dimensions and appearance to a real patrol car.
Functioning much in the same manner as a scarecrow in a field of corn, it is the image that works to retard speeding motorists rather than the reality.
“I spotted what I thought was a police vehicle parked on the hard shoulder, so I hit the brakes. When I went past it, I was stunned to see that it was just a thin piece of board painted to look like a cop car. It was so realistic. It even had a solar panel to power a flashing light,” said motorist Liu Yuan.
Police in Wuxi City have confirmed that they are indeed using these cardboard cutouts with some success in slowing the flow of traffic.
Although the idea of a squad car is unique to this province of China, the concept of using cardboard warnings on busy highways is not.
In the U.S., as evidenced by the video below, a cardboard cop serves the same purpose.
Maybe someday, the concept could run amok and the world will know cardboard cars with cardboard accidents on cardboard highways!
For now, however, these silent warning must suffice.
Somehow they work, and so, why not?