A TRAFFIC-BUSTING granny has solved her street’s speeding problems by pointing a HAIR DRYER at joy riding motorists.
Speeding vigilante Jean Brooks, 67, claims she has stopped dangerous driving outside her home in Nottingham by pretending her blow drying gadget is a speed gun.
Jean’s neighbours claim they have noticed a remarkable difference in the speed of the traffic outside their homes since she started holding hairdryer over her garden fence.
Jean said: “The problem with the traffic was that it was mental, kids with what I like to call sewing machines on wheels or quad bikes and mothers were driving at around 50 or 60 mph because they were late to school.
“I thought I’d get my hair dryer, stand by the gate and follow them up the road with it so they must’ve thought I was a nutter.
“The first time the quad bikers came past showing off when I had my hair dryer out, I said to them, ‘Not a problem lads, I’ve got it all here.’
“I’ve never seen them from that day to this, they didn’t know it was just a hair dryer that I’ve scared them off with.”
Jean decided to make a stand against motorists reaching speeds of up to 50 mph on her 30mph road in Nottingham with the most ingenious idea.
Former local newspaper owner Jean said she had a few confrontations with angry motorists since pointing her imitation speed gun their way but no one could intimidate her.
She said: “It’s a 30 zone and there’s a big sign at the top of the road which literally cannot be missed.
“Mothers who’ve been too long at the hairdresser’s or bingo or whatever and are running late to pick up their kids from school, come speeding down here hitting crazy speeds.
“I was in my garden at half past seven in the morning and I’d seen a car come down this road at 40, 45 mph.
“A guy built like a toilet door stopped and got out of his car and said, ‘What are you doing?’
“I said what this? My hair dryer? He was clearly surprised and never said a word.
“No one scares me, the only thing I’m afraid of is fire and I’m a smoker.”
Inspired by his neighbour, Ashley Mays, 52, has made plans to set up his own fake speed camera to help clamp down on racing cars even when Jean is not out with her hairdryer.
He said: “It’s made a tremendous difference. No quad bikes, no fast traffic and all thanks to a hair dryer which is amazing.
“It’s calmed down so much as soon as she’s got her hair dryer out you would not believe how much of a difference it makes.
“I’m going to put up a yellow box on a pole to look like a speed box after seeing how big an impact it can have.”
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