These days, speeding cars and careless drivers seem to become more and more of a problem. Over 100,000 speeding fines are issued every year, netting HM Treasury millions of pounds in revenue and potentially banning dangerous drivers from the roads. Jean Brooks has decided to take matters into her own hands and attempt to stop the speeding.
The UK introduced new speeding fines just a couple of months ago, namely Band C, meant for drivers significantly over the speed limit (say 51 mph in a 30 zone) that would basically get you to drop 150% of your weekly income and get 6 penalty points on your license and sometimes even get banned for up to 56 days. If you do, after the 56 days have passed, you’ll need to sign up for another license. In 2015, there were a total of 186,209 casualties of all severities, according to the UK Government.
And now, you may ask, how does the 67-year-old from Nottinghamshire, England, located around 128 miles north of London, stop speeding cars in her neighborhood? Why, by pointing a hairdryer at them, of course!
Yes, really. By pretending that her hairdryer is a radar, she points it directly at cars passing by her home, and surprisingly, motorists fall for the gag and actually slow down!
Jean’s neighbors have even noticed a remarkable difference in the speed of the traffic which comes through their street, all because Jean started pointing her ‘speed gun’ at them.
“The problem with the traffic was that it was mental, kids with what I like to call sewing machines on wheels or quad bikes and mothers were driving at around 50 or 60 mph because they were late to school.”
“I thought I’d get my hair dryer, stand by the gate and follow them up the road with it so they must’ve thought I was a nutter.”
“The first time the quad bikers came past showing off when I had my hair dryer out, I said to them, ‘Not a problem lads, I’ve got it all here.”
“I’ve never seen them from that day to this, they didn’t know it was just a hair dryer that I’ve scared them off with.”
Jean decided to make a stand against motorists who typically reached speeds of up to 50 mph on her 30mph road.
This genius granny has even had a few confrontations with angry motorists since she started pointing her imitation speed gun their way.
“It’s a 30 zone and there’s a big sign at the top of the road which literally cannot be missed.”
“Mothers who’ve been too long at the hairdresser’s or bingo or whatever and are running late to pick up their kids from school, come speeding down here hitting crazy speeds.”
“I was in my garden at half past seven in the morning and I’d seen a car come down this road at 40, 45 mph.”
“A guy built like a toilet door stopped and got out of his car and said, ‘What are you doing?’
“I said what this? My hair dryer? He was clearly surprised and never said a word.”
“No one scares me, the only thing I’m afraid of is fire and I’m a smoker.”
Ashley Mays, Jean’s neighbor, is amazed how big the difference was after Jean started using her “speed gun” to slow down cars going 50 mph on her 30 mph road, and has stated that he has plans to set up his own fake speed camera trap as well.
“It’s made a tremendous difference. No quad bikes, no fast traffic and all thanks to a hair dryer which is amazing.”
“It’s calmed down so much as soon as she’s got her hair dryer out you would not believe how much of a difference it makes.”
“I’m going to put up a yellow box on a pole to look like a speed box after seeing how big an impact it can have.”
Check out the video below to see how well Jean’s trick actually works: