Fed-Up Parents Threaten To Shoot Neighborhood Speed-Freaks In The Face
A New Jersey couple was pushed to the edge when a sign posted in their neighborhood shaped like a child – warning drivers to slow down – was run over.
The couple alleges that cars routinely drive through the neighborhood at nearly double the speed limit. So they constructed a sign that basically warns motorists that they will be shot if they hit a child. I hate people who drive recklessly through neighborhoods but I doubt this sign is going to do anything to change that.
It’s a bright yellow sign with a graphic of a gun across the bottom. It reads: Warning: If you hit one of these kids because you are speeding, you will not need a lawyer. Gail and Craig Rovere, who have three kids between the ages of 10 and 13, are responsible for the sign. Their hope is that the imagery will finally make drivers take notice. Gail Rovere says the point of the sign is to be offensive, so people will pay attention:
Thereâ€™s no outlet to the area, and thereâ€™s only one entryway and exit, Rovere said, but she routinely sees cars driving between 40 and 50 miles-per-hour.
â€œThat was the intention, to get people to take notice,â€ she said. â€œDrivers have slowed down to read it and, most importantly, weâ€™ve definitely seen an increased police presence in the neighborhood.â€
Maybe posting images that hint to an armed neighborhood-appointed militia isn’t the best way to get motorists to slow down to a leisurely pace through your neighborhood. Also, if there’s no outlet, only one entryway and exit – aren’t the speeders your neighbors? This seems pretty passive aggressive and threatening to me. The couple admits that one neighbor has already confronted them about it, and alleges she “sped away” and “nearly hit the couple’s son” after an altercation about it.
The bottom line is that the sign is dumb. You’re the one who’s going to need a lawyer if you shoot down someone who speeds through the neighborhood. The Rovere’s put the sign up on a piece of property across the street from their home last week, but it was taken down by the town. They’ve since put it up on their own property. Maybe instead of threatening your own neighbors you can petition the city to get some speed bumps put in. I doubt a picture of a gun is going to do anything but make neighbors feel attacked and annoyed.
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