Since the invention of the automobile, most American states have sought to control the speed of traffic on their highways. This often takes the form of posting a police officer on the roadside to issue fines to those driving too fast. However, this quickly results in drivers merely slowing down whenever they see a patrol car and speeding back up once they’re out of sight of it. The next logical step is to have officers in unmarked police cars observing what drivers do when they think nobody is looking. While this approach is excellent for increasing the dollar amount of fines collected, it doesn’t do much to incentivize slow drivers down before they get caught. North Carolina’s idea, then, was to use a sign warning drivers that unmarked police cars may be on patrol at any time.
We’ve brought North Carolina’s classic Unmarked Police Cars Patrolling sign back to life. We recreated the sign according to historical photos of signage posted in the field. Our replica uses the correct fonts and precisely duplicates the layout of the original sign. This sign is no longer in active use along North Carolina’s highways; the only place you can find it is on the private collector’s market. It may take years for one to come up for sale, and prices can vary wildly. Avoid the tyranny of low supply and high demand with one of our faithful replicas.
Our revival of this sign is printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. Its glossy, non-reflective coating is perfect for display in any room. It’s also durable enough to withstand the elements outdoors. We offer it in sizes from 16 in. × 8 in. all the way up to 72 in. × 36 in. All versions contain mounting holes for your convenience. (Want this sign in a size not shown here? Or perhaps another sign, from North Carolina or some other state? We’ve got you covered! Contact Jake to place a custom order.)