Speed Trap Prank





Introduction: Speed Trap Prank

I did this a few times in high school when I was bored.  It simply consists of pretending to have a radar gun and laughing when the car speeding past you slams on the brakes.  Even parked at the end of my driveway in the red minivan I drove, I had the neighbors slowing down upon seeing the hair dryer pointed out the window.    

Step 1: Get a Hair Dryer and a Vehicle

Any old blow dryer will work, although I suppose the larger and clunkier the better.  If you don't have a blow dryer available, anything that looks like a radar gun will do (Pringles can maybe...or a painted Nerf gun).  You also need a vehicle to sit in.  A Crown Vic. is of course the most obvious choice, but as I said before I made this work with a red minivan.

Step 2: Pick the Location

Park yourself somewhere.  Don't obstruct traffic or park anywhere illegal (median of the freeway), but park yourself on the side of a road where people tend to speed (which in most places is anywhere). High traffic areas will of course give you more opportunities to laugh.  If you have a specific target in mind, you'll need to park somewhere they'll drive by.

Step 3: Let the Fun Begin!

Roll down one of the front windows, point the hair dryer out the window and enjoy.  You can pivot the dryer to follow cars as they breeze by or lean out the window to make sure more cars see you.  Either way, drivers will panic and slam on the brakes.  If you're in a more obvious car (like a yellow beetle let's say) people will be even more confused and wonder what the local police department is thinking.  



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    Ok I am not going to sugar coat this. This "Prank" is a felony if caught it could be a five year prison sentence for impersonation of a police officer.

     not if u dont pull them over. if someone asks why you have a hairdryer out the window you just say. is it illegal to have a hair dryer? technically your not impersonating anyone. people are making an assumption that you are a police officer because u have a radar shaped implement. if a police officer asks what you are doing u can just say im playing with a hair dryer, i am trying to see weither my hair dryer can blow away a moving car.
    luckily for me i live in Australia the cops here dont make stupid unjustified assumptions about people and dont resort to brut force to make a point. my friend is a police officer here and he says if he saw someone with a hair dryer out the window of their car he wouldn't fine them because if people are slowing down then at least they aren't speeding so they are safer. see the police in the US have the intelligence level of a small bird. they get agressive every time they find someone doing something mildly wrong and use force to make themselves feel better. what is better sticking a hair dryer out the window as a citizen or beating someone on the ground in the "name of the law"?

    and that is why it is illegal not because your saying your a cop but because you are giving someone the impression you are law enforcement I.E impersonating a law enforcement office punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years.

     not if u are not wearing a badge nor uniform.
    so what your telling me is if i walk around on the street with a pair of handcuffs on my belt and nothing else that i can be arrested for impersonating an officer??
    because thats essentially what your doing, going out without any police materials and standing around.

    look  am I a lawyer trut me when I say your a moron if you think it isn't illegal  you can and probably will get arrested for doing things like this. here are some examples


    and this one is practically the same thing only he had a badge and gun but same situation



    so now hopefully you get the picture this is not good and i would suggest never doing this for a criminal record may be facing you.

    Both examples you have shown have the criminals wearing police uniforms.  The first example has the perp handcuffing and taking $25 cash from the victim. 

    Hoihoi is arguing that you can't be impersonating a police officer if you aren't wearing a uniform or badge.  I would find it to be correct.

    you guys go ahead and do it then have fun don't call me to represent you because I will laugh in your face when it happens because your doing something your warned is illegal. and as far as my spelling is concerned thats why I have a secretary, and if you knew anything about the law you would know that as well.

    Why would we call you to represent us? Theres plenty of other good lawyers than you

    hahahaha this thread was so funny to read. I'm glad this is here for people to read for all time. Why comment and make yourself look stupid? Amazing.

    trut me?
    If you were a decent lawyer you would know to check your spelling!

    I won't get a criminal record for pointing an unplugged hair drier at traffic!
    If i do i will most likely take it to court!
    -and hopefully win :0