Cop in Chicken Suit Nabs 31 Drivers
As part of a crackdown on those who don't yield to pedestrians
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
Not the chicken suit in question, but you get the idea.   (©)

(Newser) – Police made use of a, er, unique tactic to nail drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks in Lake Elsinore, California, this week: They employed a strategically-placed chicken decoy. A member of the force donned a chicken suit and walked through crosswalks as officers monitored drivers, the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch reports. "Even though the decoy was wearing a bright yellow costume, most drivers stated they did not see him crossing the road," said police, who had warned people about the blitz in advance and still gave out 32 tickets (one for speeding, the rest for failure to yield).

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Lou Bernardo
Oct 26, 2013 10:44 PM CDT
Cities do this when they need money. It has nothing to do with safety. It also makes more people hate the cops.
Norman Johnson
Oct 26, 2013 6:54 AM CDT
Well, isn't that special? Oftentimes drivers don't have the time to stop safely for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, if they don't have to stop anyway for a sign or a light.And also they could easily be rear-ended and be blamed for an accident and get whiplash or be engulfed in a fiery wreck if they slammed on the brakes for a person who just walks out in the crosswalk in traffic.There needs to be some common sense implemented in police ticketing and traffic regs.Of course, that won't happen.
RangerNXS1
Oct 25, 2013 4:53 PM CDT
Why did the chicken cross the road? Maybe he will have to give "eggs pert" testimony!