A bid to make road junctions in the Czech Republic safer by pitching cardboard cutouts of female traffic police has backfired because the miniskirt-clad officers have proved such a distraction that accidents have doubled.
The Czech capital Prague decided to put women officers on duty with stop-and-go signs at a variety of dangerous junctions after it was decided traffic lights were too costly.
But with their raised hemlines, high heels, stockings and lipstick, the police officers have become crash-magnets.
One driver involved in a crash denied he was ogling the cut-out, saying: “I admit I was looking at her, thinking what the hell is she wearing a miniskirt for in this weather?”
A Czech radio station recently provided hats and jackets for the cutouts, but they were stolen, before one of the officers was stolen herself.
The Czech interior ministry is now rethinking the scheme.