Parked on the side of the road around Goulburn and the Hume Highway for close to two weeks, the front seats of the cars were decked out in a police cap and fluoro vest to discourage speeding. (Can a seat be charged for impersonating a police officer I wonder?)
A police spokeswoman said members of the Southern Region Highway Patrol thought “instead of keeping them in a car park before they get sold we'll put them on the side of the road [so they can] act as a deterrent”.
Police confirmed the vehicles have now been removed and replaced by real officers in functional cars.
Obviously the NSW Opposition had a field day with it, with roads and ports spokesman, Andrew Stoner, calling it an “absurd move”.
“Dressing up car seats with a fluoro jacket and cap is no replacement for highway patrol cops.“Rather than stunts like dummy cops … the state Labor Government should be building better, safer roads and boosting highway patrols,” he said.
(with the Sydney Morning Herald)