Speeding and aggressive drivers in Orange County needed more than the luck of the Irish to avoid a traffic citation on Thursday.
An Orange County sheriff's deputy dressed as a leprechaun and equipped with a laser speed-detection gun targeted speeding and reckless motorists in the area of University Boulevard and state Road 417.
The "leprechaun" also held a sign reading, "Watch your speed or it will cost you your pot of gold."
Motorcycle units stopped violators and issued the traffic citations after being informed by the "leprechaun" via radio. Officials said they issued about a ticket per minute.
A lot of the drivers complained about the method, calling it entrapment
"I think that's just ridiculous," a deputy said. "The (leprechaun) didn't force anybody to speed."
Orange County sheriff's deputies said the laser gun enabled the on-duty "leprechaun" to clock a vehicle long before the driver would see him.
In the past, Orange County sheriff's deputies have targeted speeding motorists while dressed as an elf, the Grinch and a man waiting for a bus.
"We do this sort of thing a lot on holidays," Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
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