Modern technology makes controlling traffic a lot easier, and it also makes it a lot safer for drivers.
However, in Bangalore, India, instead of using speed cameras and other high-tech devices, the police use cardboard cops instead.
Three of these cardboard cops are placed on the busiest roads in Bangalore to, hopefully, fool motorists into slowing down.
And guess what? This simple and cheap tactic by police officials has actually worked. Some drivers even admitted that upon seeing the fake officers, they reduced their speed. One driver said, “Two or three times we thought it was a real policeman standing there, and we slowed down.”
Dr. M. A. Saleem, Bangalore’s additional commissioner of police, said, “Policemen cannot be omnipresent at every road and every junction because we don’t have that much strength. The tendency among road users is that whenever they see there is no traffic policemen at any stretch of the road, they try to violate traffic rules — particularly one way.”
“[The] impact has been quite good. A lot of people, when they see from a little distance, they immediately turn back. In fact, one auto driver was found talking to that person,” he added.
According to authorities, however, this is just a temporary solution. Police officials said that they plan on implementing real officers in the future.
This reminds me of the story about cardboard police cars in China.
And it shows that even the simplest ideas can help solve many of the major problems we face.