For some reason... this cracks me up.
VPD: 'Operation Silhouette' targets speeders on Knight Street
Real or cardboard?
Thursday, June 05 - 04:05:15 PM Shane Bigham/Mike Hanafin
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Is it a real police officer? Or a life-size cut-out of one? Making a mistake with that question could cost you a traffic ticket on Knight Street this summer, thanks a new VPD program.
It's called “Operation Silhouette", a low-tech solution to a high-speed problem on one of Vancouver's most travelled and most dangerous streets. VPD Staff Sergeant Ralph Pauw says laminated life-size cut-outs of a police officer pointing a radar gun are being set up at various locations along Knight Street, starting this afternoon.
Pauw says Knight Street is being targeted because it is the deadliest traffic corridor in the city. "It's a serious issue, and we're trying to develop new strategies like this to see if they work." And just to make things interesting, at various times there will be real officers standing behind their cardboard counterparts to hand out tickets.
VPD say while Knight Street is a 50 kph speed zone, the average speeder is ticketed for 84 kmh and some have been driving as fast as 115 kph. Operation Silhouette will continue for the next six months. There were 25 fatal collisions in Vancouver last year and we’ve had seven so far this year.