Cardboard Cops

Police in Bangalore are trying a new way to reduce traffic offences - using cardboard cops to scare drivers into believing the long arm of the law is watching them.

Bangalore police commissioner said, "Drivers in Indian cities violate traffic rules when there are no cops around - they jump traffic lights and go the wrong way on one-way streets. These cut-out cops are very effective and they can be on the job seven days a week."

In fact they're so successful I expect them to be rolled out into other areas.

There'd be cardboard cops in shopping centres. You think there aren't enough bobbies on the beat? Put a cardboard one on a remote control toy car and we're up and running. OK, those TV shows like Police Interceptors would be dull.

It's only fair that if the police can do it, we should be allowed to do it. There's a lane going into Bristol that you can only use if you have a passenger in the car. Or, cardboard cut-out of passenger?

I would have a life-size cardboard cut-out of my sat outside the Apple shop. So when a new iPhone comes out I'll be the first to get one.

For those in relationships, how would you like to send a cardboard cut-out of yourself to go to Ikea with your other half.

My two favourite points about the story are that they have used three khaki-clad cardboard policemen have been deployed on major roads in the city. Khaki – the whole point of these is that people see them and you dress them in camouflage.

Oh, and already one of the cardboard policeman has been nicked. Hmm, if only there was a policeman there to stop it.

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