By Will Jason Marin
San Jose Mercury News
BELVEDERE, Calif. — From a distance, Bob Smith appears lifelike behind the wheel of a Belvedere police cruiser, a cup of coffee resting on the dashboard. When he is near, passing drivers reach for the brake pedal with heightened alertness, knowing they are in the presence of the law.
A closer look reveals the sheen of his plastic skin when it is hit by sunlight. "Officer Bob" is a mannequin.
Police dummy keeps Calif. drivers honest