A prank is a prank, whoopee cushions and fake phone calls are one thing, but when it comes to giving you points on your licence and a fine to pay, then it’s not as funny. And this is a joke that hundreds of drivers fell foul of when jokers posted a forty miles per hour sign in a thirty zone, and a lot of drivers got flashed.
Residents who lived on the road say that the camera behaved like a strobe light in a disco on that particular day, as it caught drivers accelerating, wrongly believing that the speed limit had changed. Bradford council believe that it was a member of the public playing a joke, and the sign has now removed, but not before it caught a great deal of drivers. It seems like it was an easy mistake for drivers to make as the speed limit on this stretch of road was previously set at forty miles per hour, but was recently lowered to protect the safety of other road users and pedestrians in the area.
Darren Badrock, Bradford Council’s principal engineer for Bradford South, said: ‘The 40mph sign was not put up by the council and appears to have been placed there by a member of the public. We have now removed it. Whoever put it up may think it was just a practical joke but it is actually crassly irresponsible. We lowered the limit to 30mph on Woodside Road because there had been 157 casualties on the A641 over three years. Encouraging people to drive faster than the speed limit may put lives at risk.’
The police have said that anyone who has received a fine that they believe is wrong should contact them to query the fine. By the time the police were aware of the situation the rogue speed limit had been removed.
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