Residents of a Canterbury village are applauding a mystery
resident who has erected a sign warning speeding motorists
they risk being shot at - with a paintball gun.
Southbound State Highway 1 traffic through Chertsey is being
diverted down the side road while drainage and improvement
work is carried out on the highway.
But it's not the diversion that's the problem, Chertsey
residents say, it's the motorists who are opting to use
Chertsey Line Road as a race track.
After the diversion is removed each evening, traffic still
continues to use the side road as a way to beat traffic on
the highway, resident Helen Spicer says.
"Long after it's finished they're flying down here at 100K,
they're all turning off now so they can beat the road works
and beat the rest of the traffic."
Chertsey Line Road had become the default highway with
motorists travelling at highway speeds.
The origins of the paintball sign were a mystery but if it
had the desired effect of slowing traffic it was a winner,
Resident Jenny Jamison said she didn't know where the sign
came from and didn't know of any paintballers in Chertsey.
"But since the sign went up, it's amazing how many people
slow down. They're slowing to read the sign but at least
they're slowing down."
- By Sue Newman of the Ashburton Guardia