The Amboy Hoax

If you have never been through Amboy , then words will hardly describe the desolation of this long-forgotten town. To the best of my recolle...

If you have never been through Amboy, then words will hardly describe the desolation of this long-forgotten town. To the best of my recollection, less than 50 people live there at any given time. They do, however, have a U.S. Post Office, a restaurant, and a Police Force. Therein lies the hoax.

Amboy is a town on the back way from Twentynine Palms to Laughlin, having the highway run right through the middle of their fair town. As you can well imagine, travelers are usually moving at a high rate of speed through the desert when they reach the little oasis, and speed through like bullets. To slow drivers down, the town has purchased and maintained a Police car that sits along the roadside at the end of town, just to trick the drivers into slowing down. It works! I have seen plenty of drivers tail lights blaze red upon viewing just the sight of the car from a distance. By the time they get up on the vehicle, and see that it is a vintage 1950's Andy-Griffith-Mobile, they have slowed down to a moderate pace. Mission accomplished.

Knowing that funds are scarce in a new city, I know adding to a police force at this stage would be cost prohibitive. But can the city afford a couple of old Crown Victorias, paint them like Menifee Police cars and "stage" them at different school zones throughout town? They could rotate them, and shock some drivers into slowing down.

Just my thought on this lovely Menifee afternoon. What do you think?

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  1. They do this in Hemet, with a manaquin in the driver's seat.

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  2. I was going to say that as well:)

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