Why did the police officer dressed as a chicken cross the road? To ticket 31 drivers for failing to yield

By Daily Mail Reporter

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When California police dressed one of their officers in a chicken suit they thought the sight would be enough to make drivers stop at crossings - but they were wrong.

As a campaign to make Lake Elsinore crosswalks safer got underway on Thursday, 31 drivers were ticketed after failing to spot the chicken.

Nearly all of the people who were stopped for failing to give way to a pedestrian said they hadn't even seen the chicken standing there.

No joke: Police dressed an officer as a chicken during a clampdown on drivers failing to yield at crosswalks

No joke: Police dressed an officer as a chicken during a clampdown on drivers failing to yield at crosswalks

The crackdown on crosswalk violations in five spots across the city came after a rise in complaints about poor driving near schools, according to Patch.

'Even though the decoy was wearing a bright yellow costume, most drivers stated they did not see him crossing the road,' Sergeant Peter Giannakakos said.

 

Drivers had been given advance warning about the crackdown, which focused mainly on crossings by schools.

Police have said they will use the chicken decoy again in future traffic enforcement campaigns.




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Perhaps it is related to another problem......when something is not "supposed" to be there, people don't automatically see it. Some believe that is at the bottom of so may motorcyclists getting run over by drivers who say "I'm not kidding, I didn't see him. Do you think I would do this on purpose?"

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Instead of laughing at it perhaps they should investigate WHY people didn't see a chicken. There is a phenomena whereby when something is not supposed to be there....people don't see it unless they are told to look for it...... It is believed this is the cause for so many motorcycles being run over and the drivers saying something like "I'm not kidding! I didn't see him....."

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Isn't that entrapment?

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Uh... no

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I dont know when the population at large got the notion that any sort of sting or trap, is entrapment. Is it because "trap" is in the word "entrapment"? Please, look up the LEGAL definition of the word. It's coercing someone to commit a crime they otherwise WOULD not do.

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was he crossing to get to the Dunkin Donuts shop ?

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Brilliant idea! I've almost been rear ended numerous times when I've stopped at a local crosswalk to let people cross. The drivers behind me get furious, gesturing and screaming, don't seem to know there is a law.

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Typical shakedown for money to bring revenue to a failing city. Pay, citizen PAY!

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It was a crosswalk by a school....I have no problem with them getting drivers who don't look for pedestrians where kids cross the road.

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Oh... for a minute there I thought you were gonna say "to shoot some kids and strip search some intoxicated women".

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As I read this a thought came to my mind. he was lucky he wasn't caught plucked and eaten by a homeless man who just got kicked out of his house and has no food and his hours cutback because the government exhorted His last 400 bucks for a worthless insurance policy with a 2000 dollar deductible and no hope of ever having any reasonable doctoring because they are all quitting because of Obama care oh i forgot to say if he can sign up before he gets fined so put that in your pipe and smoke it

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Back in 1980, I visited England. I was amazed - if you stood at a zebra crossing, all the traffic stopped! All three or four lanes of it! I tried every zebra crossing I could find, and they all worked just the same. I remember standing at the side of the road, grinning - so THIS was how civilized countries did it!

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You are meant to stop for pedestrians, maybe they don't think chickens count as one.

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