The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, in a bid to tamp down on speeders, recently deployed it’s “new deputy” — a cardboard cutout.
The plan is to place these cardboard deputies at various speeding problem areas across the county in an effort to get people to slow down.
The cutout, which is based on a photo of an actual deputy pointing a radar gun, is one of several the sheriff plans to deploy at various problem areas across the county, which is located north of Austin.
“This is simply a cardboard cutout of one of our deputies,” said Robert Chody the Williamson County Sheriff. While this Williamson County deputy has a stiff personality, this cardboard cutout is looking to cut down on speeders.
”It’s a creative way to solve a problem without really working the problem,” said Chody.
While at a close distance it’s easy to tell it isn’t an actual deputy, that’s not the case in a car.
Fern Bluff. Watch out for speeding. pic.twitter.com/XWuCIudMaE
— Williamson County Sheriff Chody (@SheriffChody) January 8, 2019
“When you’re going 20, 30 miles per hour and you see the silhouette you’re immediately braking slowing down and that’s exactly what we are trying to do,” said Chody.
Sheriff Chody said they are testing out the effectiveness of these cardboard crime fighters by stacking them in school zones. “We didn’t get one speeder; all these people were braking before they got to the cut out or as they were approaching the cutout,” said Chody.
The cardboard cutouts will sometimes be paired with a real deputy and other times stand on their own, something Chody says will keep people “somewhat guessing.”
“Slow down because you never know if it’s the real deal or not,” he said. “And the only way you’ll know is if you meet deputy Wolf. And not the cutout — but the real deputy.”
According to Sheriff Chody, it’s a creative solution for tackling a serious problem.