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Slope County Squad Car Deters Speeders in Small Town

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Traffic and business is booming in the southwest corner of the state.

With that comes an increase in traffic accidents and crime.

In rural Slope County, an old Crown Victoria sits and waits to surprise speeders who may travel through the county seat of Amidon too fast.

The speed limit in Amidon is 25 miles an hour, but with more traffic than ever rolling through this part of the state, you get more law breakers with a lead foot.

To help deter speeding in the town of 30 people, one deputy has been stationed near busy Highway 85 for more than 20 years.

"It's been around as long as I can remember already." says Howdy Klein, Amidon resident.

He will never chase after you with flashing blue and red lights, but he does catch speeders by surprise.

"It's pretty funny, I don't know, it just goes to show, we don't have a lot of police force here to monitor the highways so we have to do something, whatever works, kind of hilarious too." says Anna Allard, Amidon resident.

After hearing about it somewhere else, the current sheriff helped place a squad car here more than 20 years ago.

Since then, Sheriff Pat Lorge says they've gone through six or seven squad cars and more than one dummy, thanks to vandals.

"Yeah that's the cop car and they needed a new dummy because the other one got stolen, so I volunteered to help make a new dummy and got all kinds of random materials from all around the neighborhood, I modeled it after a friend of mine." says Allard.

He's had makeovers, and been moved around, but he's always served the same purpose: To get drivers to take a double-take and brake through the small town.

"The people that come through all the time, they know it's there and it's nobody, but it does slow down traffic a little bit." says Klein.

A memorable member of the community that isn't going anywhere.

"You kind of hear from people, you're from Amidon, oh that's where that car is at, yeah that's where it's at!" says Klein.

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