A Massachusetts man’s answer to cars speeding up and down his street was a no-brainer: increase police visibility in the area.
Rather than reach out to local police, Kelly Tufts of Lakeville, south of Boston, has for years taken matters into his own hands, Boston TV station FOX25 reported. On weekends and holidays, Tufts reportedly positions a life-size, aluminum cutout of a Ford Crown Victoria patrol car at the end of his driveway.
The speed limit on Bedford Street – home to both Tufts and the Lakeville department – has increased over the years, and Tufts told FOX25 people often go faster than the posted 35 mph.
“They go 50, average 50-plus,” Tufts told the station. “We try to keep them slowing down for kids and dogs.”
The imposter cruiser has reportedly worked for years. Across the doors of the reflective “vehicle” is the triumphant message, “GOT YOU TO SLOW DOWN.”
The speed deterrent has gained support from local law enforcement and others, Tufts told the station, but for others it has been a startling and unwelcome sight.
“I’ve had the ambulance pull in, ask to take pictures with it,” he told FOX 25. “We’ve had some people give us the one finger. But whatever. If it was their neighborhood, they’d enjoy it.”
Kim Pryor responded to the station’s Facebook post about the cutout, “This could be considered a distraction! And does he have a permit to put up a sign promoting police enforcement?”
“Don’t speed then it’s not a distraction … problem solved,” Rodney Joseph posted.
Some replying to the post mentioned other towns where people have similar cutouts. Tufts’ version earned attention nationwide and in Canada after it caught the attention of the Associated Press.