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Homeowner Disguises Bird Box As Speed Camera To Slow Drivers Down

Homeowner Disguises Bird Box As Speed Camera To Slow Drivers Down

'Boy racers' have been forced to slow down along a busy road after a homeowner set up a bird box at the bottom of their garden overlooking a busy road.

But this is no ordinary feeder - the cunning owner has painted it bright yellow and grey to make it look just like an official speed camera.

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It's only when you get a little closer that you can see that it actually has six holes to allow birds to get in.

Photos of the box, which overlooks the A39 in the village of Kilkhampton, Devon, were taken by Tara Coshall, who posted them to Facebook.

The realistic camera is actually a bird box. Credit: Tara Coshall
The realistic camera is actually a bird box. Credit: Tara Coshall

She said: "As I was driving through Kilkhampton on my way to Bude I came across a new speed camera or so I thought.

"On a closer look it's really a bird box."

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Local residents flooded the comments section to praise the clever piece of trickery.

One person commented saying it had actually been up for some time and had been doing a good job. They wrote: "This went up a couple of years ago by the side of the road. It looked really authentic and my god did it slow people down."

Another put: "I think it was originally for an April fool a couple of years back and it certainly worked!"

It's only when you get close up you can see that it's actually a fake. Credit: Tara Coshall
It's only when you get close up you can see that it's actually a fake. Credit: Tara Coshall

A third person commented: "It's actually more effective than the speed sign further down the road that warns the car behind the one speeding through the village, obviously the sensor needs adjustment."

While another added: "Great idea, and looking after our wild life."

Earlier this month the tolerances for speed cameras used by police forces across the UK were disclosed by Auto Express.

This doesn't mean we're saying, 'Hey, why not go over the limit?' But if you do happen to pass a camera and notice that you're speeding slightly, this could give you a little bit of reassurance.

Could you tell the difference between the bird box and a real speed camera? Credit: PA
Could you tell the difference between the bird box and a real speed camera? Credit: PA

The investigation has also uncovered whether you can actually trust your car's speedometer, with the majority of cars actually driving a few miles an hour slower than what is displayed.

A Freedom of Information request was submitted to each of the 45 police forces regarding information on their 3,224 speed cameras.

According to Auto Express, the Metropolitan Police, which takes a lenient approach of allowing 10 percent plus three miles per hour on top of the speed limit, says that this is 'a proportional response to the high volumes of traffic' in the capital.

Stop fucking speeding, though.

Happy motoring.

Featured Image Credit: Tara Coshall

Topics: uk news, Interesting, Cars

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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