11/17/2010

Police dummy keeps Calif. drivers honest

Officer Bob, the mannequin, improves safety because it causes drivers to pause or at least slow down at stop signs

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.

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