As one of the most populated, as well as gridlocked cities in all of India, Bangalore has decided to take drastic measures to make traffic go smoother. The leaders of the city have decided to dress up mannequins as traffic police and have them placed on high-traffic roads. Traffic control dummies to the rescue!
That’s right. Dressed in police hats, brown pants, sunglasses, and even safety vests, these dummies are officially on duty. But, does this elaborate ruse actually work?
Traffic Control Dummies for the Win!
According to drivers, and the now less congested traffic intersections, it IS WORKING! The on duty dummies are meant to keep drivers from breaking traffic rules while believing them to be real police officers.
Bangalore is home to India’s booming IT industry, and has a staggering eight million registered vehicles within the city limits. As traffic speeds in the city are considerably low, there are a significant amount of traffic violations every year. Officials report that cameras at high volume traffic junctions have recorded more than 20,000 traffic violations EVERY DAY!
Here is where the mannequins come into play!
While some believe that the dummies may not fool everyone, there are people who believe that they are doing exactly what they were meant to do!
Some citizens have been quoted saying things like “They look good. It’s only when you look closely that you feel it is not a real police constable.”
However, once the internet got word that the traffic dummies were real, the tone shifted. People are now taking selfies with the mannequins, posing them in amusing positions, as well as getting VERY excited when they see these dummies in the streets of Bangalore.
The Human Element
But it’s not just mannequins out there on the street. One anonymous officer in Bangalore stated, “It’s been a couple of weeks since we got them here. There is some hesitancy in jumping the traffic lights. They are confused when we replace the mannequin daily with one of our colleagues.”
If you’re driving in Bangalore, be on the lookout for these traffic dummies! But don’t be surprised when it is ACTUALLY a real person!