Definition of sleeping policeman in English:

sleeping policeman


  • A hump in the road intended to cause traffic to reduce speed.

    • ‘Hardly anyone objects to the lower speed limit but people do have genuine concerns about noise and vibration caused by things like sleeping policemen.’
    • ‘Rumble strips, sleeping policemen and flashing signs have the same benefits.’
    • ‘Our roads don't need sleeping policemen - they have created a much cheaper way to slow the traffic down (plenty of holes in the road do the same thing).’
    • ‘Still, demands persisted for speed cameras, radar traps, sleeping policemen, chicanes and other traffic management.’
    • ‘I am all for sensible traffic-calming, rumble strips, sleeping policemen and so on to keep traffic flowing, but these chicanes are a nightmare and should be dug up and replaced.’
    • ‘We need some traffic calming measures like sleeping policemen to slow cars down.’
    • ‘Round our way, we've had a lot of success in the area of speed reduction with sleeping policemen.’
    • ‘Bexley Council in their wisdom have now decided even the main roads need sleeping policemen.’
    • ‘Chairman Derek Whitnell said: ‘We have asked several times for something like a sleeping policeman to stop the rat-run that goes down here, but nothing gets done.’’
    • ‘And are we expected to believe that when these sleeping policemen are being placed on the road the very same people will not complain at the disruption caused?’


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