• Jul 28, 2008
There are few things more jarring than when you're doing 80 on the freeway and spot a well-concealed police cruiser. You immediately begin to sweat, get your story straight, perform a mental check-list of license and registration, then watch the rearview mirror like a hawk to see if he pulls out. If you get the ticket, your day is ruined. If the cop was looking down, eating a donut, or just wanted a more brazen offender, flowers smell sweeter and your step is a little lighter.
The San Mateo police know this all too well, but a tight budget and too few officers makes putting more cops on the street all but impossible. So drivers have been flying through the suburban streets of San Mateo without the worry of an expensive, time consuming ticket. To put a wrench in the plans of would-be traffic violators, the police have enlisted volunteers to drive actual cop cars and park them somewhere in their own neighborhood. To make the cars look more official, officer David Coy (alias: D-Coy) has been commissioned to sit behind the wheel, but this guy is as dumb as they come. D-Coy is a mannequin, and he sits behind the wheel to make the city's ruse more effective. So far, drivers are fooled, as most are obeying traffic laws under Coy's watch. We're questioning, however, why the police department would talk to the local news paper about its own deception. Officers say they want more volunteers, but what they'll likely get is area drivers that ignore their decoy. We just hope the guy we pass on I-75 every day is replaced with Dave real soon.

[Source: San Mateo Daily News (pic by Victor Maccharoli), via All Cars, All The Time]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I'm just impressed that San Mateo (my town) actually got recognized in a nationally (and internationally?) read blog! Cool!
      John Boughter
      • 6 Years Ago
      maryland used to have cut-outs...full size replica's of patrol cars that they'd put at various locations to control speeders...and at least one of them was stolen! that was the end of that program
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just noticed one of these fake cruisers near Beverly Hills Police/Fire Station just the other day. I didn't have a D-coy in it but it had dark tinted windows.
      Ray Kiddy
      • 6 Years Ago
      ill bet that dumb dumb makes more an hour then i do! And another thing...bet the police accountent puts in for bennies like any other cop and pockets it lol
      Richard
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just did a 1700 mile R/T from Naples FL to Gatlinburg TN on I75. Nobody and I mean Nobody was paying any attention to the speed limit. In most places, it was 70, others 60,65 or in construction zones as low as 45. If you tried to slow down, people were on your bumper even if you got into to "slow" lane. It shows what a bunch of "me first and get out of my way" disgusting people we've become. One woman was talking on a cell phone and kept speeding up and slowing down and drifting from one lane into the other. You people out there are NUTS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Benfolio ....You must be alot of fun to go to the movies with!
      Susan
      • 6 Years Ago
      In my small town the police have been doing this for a while. It works quite well because a fair percentage of the time, there is a real police officer in the car. You can't tell until you are well within his radar range, so you slow down, just to be sure.

      I'd hate to be pulled over for speeding by the real officer after passing the decoy for the last two weeks. Hasn't happened yet.
      Fred Haeberle
      • 6 Years Ago
      Suggest your editors check their spelling. The word is straight, not strait. ome on fellows, you are out of grade school now.
      cyclecamper
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chris, do you call yourself a writer? What a basic spelling error by writing "strait" when you mean "straight". Where was your editor when you submitted this story? Asleep?
      cyclecamper
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chris... you're a writer? A writer that tries to spell "straight" with "strait". Was your editor sleeping too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The need to add 40 pounds to him and a box of Dunkin Donuts on teh dash board!
      Lin
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just remember to MOVE the vehicle from time-to-time.
      Local authorities in our community do this, but the leave the car in the same spot for months.....People do wise
      up in time.
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