Real police are expensive. But perhaps cardboard cutouts of officers might convince people to drive carefully. That, at least, is what Bangalore's government is counting on:
"It is not a gimmick. Wherever we have put up these cut outs, violations have come down," Traffic Commissioner MA Saleem told the BBC.
Mr Saleem admitted there is a shortage of more than 500 traffic policemen in the city.
"Right now we have put these cut outs in the central district. We will have them throughout the city soon," he added.