B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

A B.C. RCMP detachment is testing out a brand new member on the force and as part of its latest measure to curb notorious speeders.

Const. Scarecrow is a life-sized, metal poster-board cutout of a police officer with a laser speed-reader, and will be stationed among bushes in the median of Pinetree Way in Coquitlam for the next two months.

While he won’t hand out a ticket or collect a paycheque, it’s hoped that he will give motorists the reminder they need to slow down.

“Const. Scarecrow doesn’t write tickets of course, but drivers should be aware that real Mounties, and our Speed Watch volunteers, might be right around the corner waiting to help out,” Sgt. Quentin Frewing said Tuesday. “The real goal here is to keep speeds down and keep our roads safe.”

Scarecrow will be located in two other mysterious locations in the city – areas problematic for speeders, police said. To measure the impact the cut-outs have, RCMP will be using its speed-monitoring system called Black Cat to track speeds nearby 24-7.

At the unveiling, Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said if the project is successful, similar Mountie cut-outs could be expanded to cities across B.C. if detachments see fit. Each cutout costs roughly $500.

“We’ve seen cutouts used before in places like the United Kingdom, but never to our knowledge has this happened in Canada,” he said.

“This is a light-hearted approach to traffic enforcement, you might not get a ticket – hopefully you just slow down – but it is a warning that Const. Scarecrow’s big brothers and sisters… are right around the corner.”


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Vehicle of missing Maple Ridge man is found in Abbotsford

Barrie Holt, 63, is also known to frequent Chilliwack area

UPDATE: Vehicle located and driver arrested in relation to fatal hit-and-run

Male pedestrian in his 50s died after being struck by vehicle on Highway 11 in Abbotsford

Incumbents in Abbotsford ridings heavily outspending challengers on Facebook

Liberal Jati Sidhu, the incumbent in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, has spent the most, by far

ELECTION HUB: Candidate profiles, voter information and news for Abbotsford’s ridings

We’ve collected our election coverage in one spot to help you decide who to vote for

Cascades goal scoring king leading UFV to playoffs

Abbotsford Soccer Association product Gurmaan Jhaj establishes new goal mark

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Workers at four Vancouver hotels ratify contract with higher wages, job security

Unite Here Local 40 president Zailda Chan says it’s the first hotel strike in Vancouver in nearly two decades

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

B.C. RCMP officer suing the force for malicious prosecution

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth cleared of wrongdoing after misconduct hearing

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Most Read