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Traffic Mucus

blobs to mitigate joy-riding
 
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A juvenile delinquent speeds away from police in a stolen car. If you could get in front of him, you might deploy one of those tire-shreddy things, but let's suppose you can't get in front of him.

Instead, you call in a truck-mounted launcher, which engulfs the speeding vehicle in an adhesive, elastic, transparent gel. This both slows it down and reduces the damage resulting from any collisions. The driver is grossed out, and more likely to abandon the vehicle.

Accidental suffocation of nearby pedestrians is to be minimised by stringent training.

pertinax, Dec 15 2017

Hagfish have this covered https://www.youtube...watch?v=Bb2EOP3ohnE
[MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 16 2017]

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       Perhaps some police-trained hagfish? <link>
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 16 2017
  

       // Accidental suffocation of nearby pedestrians is to be minimised by stringent training. //   

       How ? Is it going to be part of the school curriculum ? How are you going to train the adult pedestrians ?   

       Of course, if the pedestrians are just unarmed black people, you needn't worry about casualties ...
8th of 7, Dec 16 2017
  

       Well, you've got the right idea, but the application needs refinement. You can't get in front of him but you have time to call in a truck mounted launcher? Please slap your screenwriter for me.   

       Oh, and preheated for pedestrians, loogie-gun in "Snowcrash" by Neal Stephenson.
normzone, Dec 16 2017
  

       This is also a standard weapon in game mechanics and bugs. Spit is very common.
mylodon, Dec 17 2017
  
      
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