Towns deploy cardboard police in miniskirts

A cardboard police women officer in a mini skirt is displayed to slow down traffic in the village of Myslotin, central Czech Republic, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. The Czech Republic, as part of an attempt to slow down traffic, has installed life-sized cardboard cut-outs of a mini-skirted policewoman. What could go wrong? The concept was that, approaching the faux cop, drivers would slow down and reduce traffic accidents. The cardboard cut-outs were installed at busy junctions throughout the country to save cash on installing new traffic lights. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

December 9, 2010 11:24:57 AM PST
Authorities say that life-sized cardboards of female police officers in miniskirts placed alongside roads have managed to slow down speeding drivers in several central Czech towns. The mayor of the town of Mrakotin, Miroslav Pozar, said Thursday drivers, including him, automatically slow down when they see such officers.

Pozar dismissed allegations this was because the drivers want to look at the officer's legs, rather than her uniform.

In nearby Myslotin, a local radio recently provided a hat and an anorak to help such officer get warm, but they were stolen in a day.

Others made it away with the cardboard officer itself.