We put a fake speed camera in front of our houses to stop tourists speeding

RESIDENTS fed up with tourists racing through their village have set up a fake speed camera – but not everyone is convinced it’s a good idea.

Mounted atop a metal post in West Lulworth, Dorset, the realistic-looking camera has fooled motorists despite being just a wooden crate painted yellow and gray.

Local residents in West Lulworth, Dorset have put up a fake speed camera

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Local residents in West Lulworth, Dorset have put up a fake speed cameraPhoto credit: BNPS

An official Dorset Police Department ‘No Excuse’ sign has also been placed on the pole to give the Gatso style object a more believable look.

But council officials have said they will remove the dummy device as it could distract drivers and cause an accident.

Shirley Bamber, who lives on the street, said speeding through the village was a problem.

“We’ve been asking for a slower sign for so long, or something that shows how fast you’re going,” she said.

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“We don’t have a lot of sidewalks in the village, so children running down them and people with buggies are at risk from speeding.” I thought that was an absolutely brilliant idea.

“You only have to be down there for half an hour to see that people are speeding on the main streets.”

Bus driver Andy Miller, who regularly drives down the 30-mile route to take tourists to nearby Lulworth Cove, has slammed the model camera as he believes it “will cause an accident”.

He had been informed about the camera, where drivers share sightings, via a group on social media, but when he drove past it himself he realized the camera wasn’t real.

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“It’s a public road, not private property, so it shouldn’t be there. Everyone looks at it when they drive by,” he said.

“I feel like it was put up to scare tourists. Cameras are only installed to slow people down when necessary and not to be placed haphazardly by a local resident.

“There will end up being an accident because there are no warning signs to say there is a camera nearby. People shouldn’t take the law into their own hands like that.

“I understand what they’re doing, but they’re doing it wrong.

“Whoever put it there could be in trouble. If there was an accident, he could be held liable. There is no signage warning of this, so it could be dangerous.

“And it’s on a pole above the no sorry sign. I think drink driving is more serious than speeding and the fake camera distracts from that.”

Installing a fake speed camera is not illegal, but it can put you at risk of a civil lawsuit if someone claims to be distracted by it.

“UNINTENDED RISK”

Dorset Council said they could create an “unintended risk to road safety”.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of reports of a fake speed camera being placed in West Lulworth and this is being removed.

“It is important that appropriate signage is used at all times to prevent anything that may pose an unintended risk to road safety and to ensure that signage is consistent throughout the community.

“The Parish Council has previously been offered to participate in the Parish Speed ​​Indicator (SID) program as this location meets the criteria for the program.

“SIDs have been proven to reduce road speeds and are being operated successfully in over 60 communities across the Dorset Council area.”

The ward council said it was not aware of any offer to participate in the ward council’s program but would like to take part.

Chairman Jon Davey said: “Speeding is a minor problem in Lulworth and traffic in general has been an ongoing problem for many years but it has proved quite difficult to deal with effectively.

“We would certainly love speed cameras, but the difficulty is figuring out where to put them. The location is important.”

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A Dorset Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the fake speed camera in West Lulworth.

“We understand that local communities who have concerns about speeding in their area are sometimes willing to take action and only ask that they avoid anything that may actually distract motorists and inadvertently pose a road safety risk .”

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