Ottawa – Following a successful pilot project in Coquitlam in 2018 of a life-size, metal cut-out of a police officer, pointing a radar gun, Safer Roads Ottawa and Ottawa Police Service (OPS) have created their own ‘Constable Scarecrow.’
The cut-out is a deterrent measure used to slow motorists down on roadways where speeding is a chronic issue. No charges are laid against motorists.
“The Coquitlam two-month pilot collected speeding data that showed a significant decrease with the presence of the cut-out,” said Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, “making this an affordable deterrent option.”
The cut-out is the image of Traffic officer Constable Luc Mongeon.
Safer Roads Ottawa Project Staff have proposed the signs be placed in two separate locations across the city, the first on Portobello Boulevard and the second on Bridge Street in Manotick. Both of these locations have community safety zones and schools.
Each sign costs approximately $165 and are tamper-resistant and waterproof.