• Jan 9, 2008
Neenah, Wisconsin has such a speeding problem that it can't keep up. Even with a full court press of law enforcement, drivers continue to speed and have even sped by other motorists receiving their obligatory revenue-production invoice. In an effort to keep drivers on their toes while also leaving time to fight real crimes, the Neenah PD will post cardboard cutouts that look like an officer pointing a radar gun in strategic locations. Like something out of Weekend At Bernie's, the paper tigers will be rotated with living, breathing officers so that the ruse has a chance of effecting change. At this point, it's less about filling the coffers and more about quelling an epidemic of overly-velocitized drivers.
[Source: Winding Road, Photo: brentkmoore.blogspot.com]


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      Serenitykiss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its such a small town you would think we would run into one of these? I have not seen any of these neither. As far as not affording the real deal, they should of not wasted money on all the round about I see everywhere instead. The newest ones are ridiculously 4 back to back???
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...then someone who needs the assistance of a real police officer will scream to a cardboard cutout, or run over to it to find its fake, and get killed by their assailants... brilliant.

      The province of Ontario looked at this for about 2.4 seconds, just long enough for someone to say "liability".
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can outrun the motor, but not the Motorola.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The idea's been in use for years in Israel...
      • 7 Years Ago
      They just need to keep writing tickets, maybe raise the fines and/or points, and maybe temporarily increase their traffic enforcement squad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dunno...if I were walk by one of these on the street, I'd be half tempted to knock it down.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sure they'd find some way to arrest you for a felony. ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        or draw a fu man chu mustache and some dangling earings..... maybe a kitty tatoo
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ultimate dorm room decoration.
      Serenitykiss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its such a small town you would think we would run into one of these? I have not seen any of these neither. As far as not affording the real deal, they should of not wasted money on all the round about I see everywhere instead. The newest ones are ridiculously 4 back to back???
      • 7 Years Ago
      If speeding is a huge problem. Giving tickets isn't a solution.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The question you'd need to ask is if the problem lies in the danger caused by people traveling at their respective speeds, or if the problem is that people are violating a speed ordinance. If it is the former, many states have provisions for establishing "safety zones" simillar to construction areas where fines are doubled, as long as this is posted. If it is the latter, then its just public fleecing. If it effects you directly, its time to become involved in your local government.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...and in related news, Wisconsin area paint ball gun sales skyrocket.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why didn't they think of this sooner? Behold, the speeders' scarecrow.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I work in Neenah (about 45 miles south of Green bay, about 100 miles north of Milwaukee.

      I've never seen one of these.. Also, I've never seen a cop here with a radar gun outside of his car. Don't think it is going to do much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course maybe they want people to get complacent and speed in front of a real, revenue generating cop.

      "Nah, I don't need to slow down, I did yesterday and it was a stupid cardboard cutout."
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