Mannequins in Tucson Police Department uniforms get the attention of motorists on South Kino Parkway between 36th Street and Silverlake, Aug. 16, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. Motor unit supervisor Sgt. Corie Nolan of Operations Division South said he’s tried several visual tactics to get the attention of speeding motorists, but this is the first time he has used mannequins.

Mannequins dressed as police officers made an unusual appearance Thursday during a speed-enforcement effort on Tucson’s south side.

The mannequins are part of a “nontraditional” traffic enforcement effort, says Sgt. Corie Nolan of the department’s southside division.

He said that since November, the division has been trying to think outside the box to get drivers to slow down.

Past efforts have used parked patrol cars with handwritten messages on the windshield, but Thursday was the first time mannequins were deployed to get the attention of passing motorists.

A police officer pulls over a motorist in the background as a mannequins in a Tucson Police Department uniform gets the attention of motorists on South Kino Parkway between 36th Street and Silverlake, Aug. 16, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. Motor unit supervisor Sgt. Corie Nolan of Operations Division South said he’s tried several visual tactics to get the attention of speeding motorists, but this is the first time he has used mannequins.

On Thursday morning, Nolan placed one mannequin on the corner of South Kino Parkway and East Silverlake Road. It held a radar gun and stood next to a police motorcycle, warning drivers of cops ahead. A second mannequin sat next to a patrol car on South Kino Parkway and East 36th Street with a spray-painted sign all in caps that read, “slow down.”

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The same mannequins made an appearance on South 12th Avenue between West Drexel and Bilby roads during a similar operation later in the day.

Nolan says many drivers honked and waved.

“We noticed a lot less traffic violations dealing with speed,” Nolan said. “So it kind of worked.”

The Tucson Police Department has been trying to think outside the box to get drivers to slow down. A mannequin on South Kino Parkway on Thursday was one the latest ideas.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott.

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.