Central Alberta News

Lloydminster RCMP Introduce ‘ Const. Scarecrow’ to Enhance Traffic Safety

LLOYDMINSTER – The Lloydminster RCMP and City of Lloydminster are introducing a new traffic-safety pilot program featuring decoys to discourage would-be speeders.

Beginning in May 2019, the Lloydminster RCMP will deploy traffic ‘scarecrows’ to locations throughout the city. The life-size metal cut-outs of uniformed RCMP officers will be positioned in visible locations next to roadways.

The scarecrow program originated in Coquitlam, BC in mid 2018. Less than six months after its inception, Coquitlam RCMP reported the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit by 10 km/h was reduced by approximately 50 per cent. Each cut-out costs approximately $325 to produce.

“The new recruits aren’t much for conversation, but they have proven highly effective in their duties with other municipalities,” said Glenn Alford, Senior Manager, Public Safety. “The scarecrow initiative will help our local RCMP have an enhanced presence in the community and encourage responsible driving behaviour for a fraction of what it would cost to have a police officer assigned to monitor the site.

“We thank the City of Coquitlam and the Coquitlam RCMP detachment for sharing their experiences and guidance on the scarecrow program. We expect this program will have positive results here in Lloydminster.”