File this one under “A for effort, D- for execution”: Czech police believed that a cardboard cutout of a miniskirt clad police woman would help to slow down drivers and reduce the number of accidents. The cardboard figurines were a lot cheaper and easier to implement than the alternative, which was installing a series of additional traffic lights. Instead, the life size replica policewomen had the opposite effect, actually increasing the number of accidents by a rather substantial margin. Who could possibly have imagined that outcome?
A local motorist complained to the Czech Interior Ministry after his own cutout induced accident. The man called the cutouts “distracting”, because they depicted women in miniskirts in cold weather. Presumably women in miniskirts in warmer weather would be less distracting, but there’s no word on whether or not Czech police will relaunch the campaign in warmer months, or with bikini-clad policewomen.