Tim Backhouse lives in a little village in Devon called Bow. A busy road, the A3072, goes through Bow, and right past his house. And after years of asking his local council to install traffic calming measures, he’s finally taken matters into his own hands and painted a massive 30 MPH speed sign on the side of his property.
Costing £100 and requiring five hours labour, the sign needed special painting ladders to be completed, as the house is about the size of double decker bus.
“There is no speed camera in the village so no incentive for people to abide by the law,” says Backhouse, who worries that as the evenings get darker, his two children may be in more danger as drivers blast past. “If drivers just stuck to the speed limit Bow would be a much nicer place to live.”
by Arthur Furrowfield