cardboard cops take to streets in vilnius
Vilnius, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Lithuania, has a double-edged problem: too many speeders and not enough traffic cops. So cith officials have devised a novel--and cheap--colution: life-size cardboard cut-outs of traffic cops, intended to make motorists slow down when they catch a glimpse of the distinctive green uniform. Deployed at the beginning of the school year, the fake cops have already proved effective according to anecdotal evidence cited by city officials.
Lithuania has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in Europe, with more than 700 people dying each year, or about 20 deaths per 100,000 residents. The average annual rate in European Union countries is less than 10 per 100,000.