A traffic officer that works 24 hours a day and never gets tired actually exists…in the form a cardboard cut-out in Can Tho Province.
More than ten life-sized police dummies made of plastic and Styrofoam, holding speed measure devices, were placed along dangerous and crowded roads to slow down drivers.
The Thot Not District's traffic police have been praised for the innovative tool meant to prevent traffic violations and lower the number of fatal accidents. For the first half of the year, the district recorded the highest number of traffic accidents in the city.
Initially, the dummy cops showed signs of promise, with fewer recorded traffic violations. Now, however, many locals said they are familiar with the dummy police and are no longer fooled by their appearance.
What do you think about using dummy cops instead of real ones in Viet Nam? Do you think it is effective and could increase respect for Vietnamese traffic laws?
Does your country use dummies to keep order on the roads? If so, is it effective? Are there any other kinds of initiatives that your country has used to improve road safety?
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