Decoy cruiser deployed to deter speeding

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The city of Campbell is trying something new to deter speeding through the city.

Motorists may have noticed a cruiser parked at the intersection of Coitsville Road and 12th Street the past few days. It’s actually a decoy car, which is an idea the Campbell police chief came across when researching cost effective ways to cut down speeding.

At certain times during the day, there is an officer inside the cruiser and at other times it’s empty. Bridge construction on U.S. Route 422 is causing an increase in traffic flow through the city.

With more cars and not as many officers, police are hoping the decoy cruiser will help keep everyone safe.

“We can alternate those cars, which will keep mileage down on the cars. Because it’s parked, not running, it saves on gas, saves on manpower.  There’s many benefits to us as well, but the biggest benefit is to the community because it does reduce traffic accidents, fatalities, things like that,” said Campbell Police Det. Sgt. John Rusnak.

This is the first time officers in Campbell have used a decoy car. They said if residents are noticing a lot of speeding in their neighborhood, police will move it around to help slow people down.

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