How Much Does A Cardboard Cop Car Cost?

About $820 a copy
BY: CARRIE DUNCAN

That’s what the government and local businesses have pulled together to build two pretty faky looking cop cars they’ve deployed at both ends of the tiny town of Pescadero.

The cop cars are the result of the program called Slowdown Pescadero that has lobbied our government for speed signs for nearly a year. It is led by Cyndi Williams, owner of Oasis bar and restaurant on the wide spot on the highway folks there like to call a town. She has collected funds from others who are tired of cars and double trailer trucks whooshing through the commercial zone at 70 miles an hour. There have been many accidents; Williams’ dog was run over, and her best friend’s truck was crushed while it was parked in front of her bar. Those are among other speed related calamities.

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Cyndi was just going for signs with a lower posted speed. “People traveling through don’t realize they’re entering a town” she says. “So they don’t even think about lowering their speed.” She was hoping if there were a sign there, a cop would miraculously appear to enforce the speed limit.

But Williams’ wildest dreams were exceeded when local delegate Alma Perez showed up with 2 cardboard cutouts of cop cars and pounded them into the ground. Turns out they were financed with the money Slowdown Pescadero collected through a GoFundMe campaign. Committee members thought they were pitching in for signs, but here come those cardboard cop cars driving up. Well, you know what we mean. They didn’t really drive themselves up.

There are still no speed signs, so people still don’t have to slow down, but hey, the cop cars are fun.

The local delegate says she would like to help with speed limit signs, but currently Mexico is locked down in a 100 day period of inaction leading up to elections. This law was passed to discourage incumbent politicians from throwing big public works projects at voters at the last minute. Apparently these voters have short memories and need to be reminded of their politicians’ generosity just before going to the polls.

To while away that “quiet period” but still do something constructive, some locals have been driving through town with their flashers on and doing it at their proposed speed limit of about 25 miles an hour. They perform this little parade starting from the Baja Beans road until they get past the fruit stand. Then they speed up to about 35 mph on either side of town until they hit the open highway again where 90 km, (about 55 mph), signs are posted. Williams admits she’s pissed off some drivers with this tactic, but they are forced to slow down. “If we all give this our best effort ,it could possibly catch on”, she says.

The big plan including topes as well as signs. Topes are speed bumps, otherwise known as sleeping policemen. The big plan also included buying radar guns. But after the fake cop cars were bought, not much money is left.

The committee has a quote for speed limit signs including installation for $2,009.00 USD. That price includes 2 - 60kph, 4 - 40 kph and two dismunya tu velocidad , (slow down), warning signs. The sign company won’t begin until they get 50% down. And anyway most of the money went to the cars. They could have bought those signs if the delegate hadn’t bought the cars. Currently there is no fundraising going on, and Cyndi thinks she may get her signs after the election.

For more information on Pescadero’s efforts to curb unsafe driving through town, check in with Cyndi Williams at Oasis, or visit their Facebook page Slow Down Pescadero.