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Mobile speed bump

mobile speed bump n.

A car that travels at the speed limit to force the cars behind to do the same.

Example Citations
The city of Vancouver is exploring the idea of sanctioning a
grass-roots traffic-calming program that enlists the silent majority
of reasonable, rational, law-abiding drivers to stop being so

Instead they'd slap NEIGHBORHOOD PACE CAR stickers on their vehicles
and set a highly visible example by rolling down Vancouver streets at
lawful speeds.

Yes, you heard right: Making Vancouver streets safer simply by making
a public point of driving the posted speed limit.
--Scott Hewitt, "How'd you like to be a mobile speed bump?," The
Columbian (Vancouver, WA), November 27, 2003

Elaine Clegg of Idaho Smart Growth, which runs Boise's Neighborhood
Pace Car program, calls herself "a mobile speed bump." She slows cars
driving behind her by driving the speed limit.

A sense of humor is required, she says. The Idaho program has bumper
stickers saying "Follow me to the next red light," "Would you rather
I were a speed bump?" and "Honk if you want me to slow down." So far,
about 500 residents have joined the Boise program by signing a pledge
and putting Pace Car stickers on their cars.
--Patrick McMahon, "Residents fight back against speeders," USA
Today, May 13, 2002

Earliest Citation
Want to slow down traffic on your street?

Try a leisurely drive during rush hour. Boise, Idaho, residents did
that through their PACE CAR program. They turned their cars into
"mobile speed bumps" by purposefully driving the speed limit, forcing
trailing drivers to ease off the accelerator.
--Toni Coleman, "Seminar to focus on 'calming' traffic," Saint Paul
Pioneer Press (Minnesota), May 14, 2001

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See Also

rumble strips:

sleeping policeman:

speed hump:

traffic-calming device:

Subject Category
Technology - Cars:

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