The desperate locals used hairdryer to mimic police speed guns
Locals in tiny Hopeman, Morayshire, are so worried a child will be killed that they have resorted to unusual methods to try to slow passing cars.
A number of villagers donned fluorescent jackets and pointed the nozzles of the blowers at the road from their gardens to mimic police with speed guns.
Ladders have been propped up to allow children safe passage between back gardens instead of braving the B9040 road through the village, which has a 30mph limit.
Locals estimate that cars travel at 60mph through the village
Parents estimate some cars are reaching speeds up to 60mph leaving the village on the one-mile straight towards Burghead.
These are the sorts of lengths we have to go to
Mother-of-three Carmen Gillies said: “People are standing with hairdryers in the street to get drivers to slow down.
“The main worry is crossing the road. It’s the main road through Hopeman and people just don’t slow down.
“It might all sound like a joke but these are the sorts of lengths we have to go to.”
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Parents have built ladders so the kids can avoid the dangerous road
Her children, Apsen, 6, Blae, 7, and Gianna, 10, attached laminated 30mph signs to lampposts outside their home.
Local councillor Dennis Slater, who lives in Hopeman, said: “ I’m really pleading with drivers to slow down.
“It’s especially dangerous when kids are making their way to school. Residents are resorting to all kinds of measures.”
Constable Roy Cook said: “We have had a number of complaints which we will address. Offenders will be dealt with by either warnings, the offer of a fixed penalty or a report to the procurator fiscal.”