By Iain Watts and Chris Jaffray
A graffiti vigilante has painted a new 20mph speed limit onto his road to deter speeding drivers – and said facing a criminal damage fine was better than paying for a funeral.
The frustrated dad-of-five took matters into his own hands to slow traffic on the 30mph Percy Street in Wallasey, Merseyside, after witnessing motorbikes driving down the road at speeds of up to 100mph.
So the 39-year-old turned guerrilla to daub the four huge signs directly onto the tarmac after council bosses said the area was not a priority for speed bumps.
The JOB, who did not wish to reveal his name, said: “It’s a fatality waiting to happen.
“I painted the signs on the road because there are motorbikes coming up and down at 100mph – and cars at just short of that.
“I’d rather get caught for criminal damage than pay for a funeral.”
The move came after residents of nearby Palatine Road tried to combat dangerous driving on their street by putting a lit up CD rack in the middle of the road.
The man said he is now looking at the possibility of installing CCTV.
Where criminal damage costs less than £5,000 of damage a person can be jailed for three months. If it exceeds this amount a person can be jailed for 10 years
Resident and mum-of-two Sarah, who supported the signs, said: “I think what he has done is really good – we do not let the kids play out at the front because of the cars speeding down.
“We moved here in February and it has been a problem ever since then.
“We want our kids to be able to play outside – I think they are missing out.”
A spokesman for Wirral Council said: “Speeding traffic and its effect is a key concern of the council.
“Taking into account the road safety records for the area over the last five years, which show this and nearby roads have a good safety history, this area has not been considered a priority for additional speed reduction measures at this time.”