I haven’t seen Doctor Who, but I’ve seen enough freaky movies to know that child-shaped bollards belong in one of them and not outside of a real life elementary school.
A school in England — Compton Church of England Primary School in Plymouth — wants cars to slow down outside and thought that child-shaped bollards would do the trick. Instead they’re freaking out parents, who said the posts are just plain scary.
And at £350 each, the 3-foot high bollards are supposed to make drivers slow down safely, not swerve off the side of the road and potentially hit the very (real) kids they’re meant to protect.
The Plymouth City Council imposed the bollards as a planning condition, but are now revisiting the thought since parents are concerned the fake kids might also frighten the real ones.
The bollards are said to be a cheaper alternative and more effective than traffic cameras. Other areas in England have used them and found that people slow down when they see what they think might be a child.
The school said the idea of the bollards prompted more complaints than they’ve ever had.
For their part, the makers of the bollards are said to remain proud of them. That’s nice, but I’m sure Damien’s “maker” was proud of him, too.
Would you mind having child-shaped bollards outside of your kid’s school?
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