A Bakersfield, California father fed up with people roaring down his street with no regard for the speed limit has had enough.
Well, sort of.
Mark Christian, the father of a four year-old son has decided to threaten speed demons with a little ‘old fashion’ straight talk’, according to an article on Richmond, Virginia’s WTVR.com. With a piece of cardboard and some red lettering, Christian fashioned a somewhat crude sign that simply states:
“WARNING! YOU HIT MY KID, YOU WILL BE SHOT!!!
In a way, anyone who has ever lived on a street where drivers routinely ignore posted speed limits in favor of just flying by your house at the speed of light can relate.
It’s plain scary, the thought of one of our kids being struck by a speeding vehicle. Yet, it happens everyday somewhere. And the ending is often more tragic than we can bare to imagine.
In my neighborhood, a very small village with just one road and a population of maybe a hundred people, cars and trucks and even school buses blast past our front porch, just three feet away from the road, shattering speed limits as if they were just a small challenge set up for them to conquer, all the while knowing that there is zero chance of being busted
There are lots of kids here, but because we are way out in the sticks, there are no police to nab a few of these NASCAR wannabe’s.
Sometimes I think of water balloons, but I know I’d be fighting fire with fire.
Plus, it would probably be me going to jail, right?
Still, maybe Christian’s chosen method to get people to slow down isn’t quite the right one to address such a common everyday problem. I get his frustration and his fear and all, but at the end of the day, threatening to shoot people rarely changes much, right?
What do you think?
Would a sign like that slow you down?
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