The owner of a campground in British Columbia’s interior has placed a decoy police car next to a highway, hoping to slow speeding drivers and make crossing the road safer for children and seniors, CBC News reported.
Dennis Smith, who owns the Monte Lake Resort campground southeast of Kamloops, said drivers often speed around the road’s sharp corners, some of which have a suggested speed limit of about 40 mph.
The decoy car is aimed at slowing those drivers.
Smith’s campground and RV park is a family-oriented resort. Guests have to cross the road to get to the resort’s namesake lake.
Smith has used a speed gun to clock drivers, and while most come by at speeds between 40 and 55 mph, many are going much faster — putting pedestrians at risk.
So Smith took action, placing a car, which belongs to his dad, beside the road, strategically nestled behind a large sign. The white, Mercury Grand Marquis bears a striking resemblance to a police cruiser.
The car has a Monte Lake Resort logo along with the resort’s phone number on its side panel. At a distance, that decal could also pass for a Mountie logo.
The roof rack bar across the top of the vehicle adds to the effect, as does the oversized licence plate holder on the front of the vehicle.
Smith said he hasn’t had any pushback from local law enforcement.
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