‘Police’ scarecrow may have to be removed
Residents in a Lincolnshire village have created their own police scarecrow to encourage drivers passing though the village to slow down. However the council has said that it may have to remove this speed deterrent as it is considered a distraction to drivers.
The full size police figure stands at the edge of Glentworth, 12 miles from Lincoln, in an attempt to improve road safety by making motorists slow down. However, now that the police dummy has come onto the radar of Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire County Council, it may have to be taken down by those who put it up.
Alan Aistrup, head of highways for the county council told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I did laugh when I saw this, and I can understand why somebody's put it up.
“But that said, it's not something that we can leave in place so we will speak to the parish council with a view to having it removed."
Whilst we praise the ingenuity of this resident, who clearly has the best interests of their community at heart, the concern is that it could actually be a distraction to drivers.
However, Lincolnshire Police are now considering whether other traffic calming measures are needed to address speeding in the village.
A police spokesperson added: “This has only just been brought to our attention so we have yet to see the scarecrow and properly assess the situation.
“Whilst we praise the ingenuity of this resident, who clearly has the best interests of their community at heart, the concern is that it could actually be a distraction to drivers.
“If we conduct any form of speed enforcement, we do so with appropriate signage.
“The local policing team will be informed and asked to look into the issue of speeding and to see if anything can be done in a more formal way.”
August 13, 2014