Blue Flower

My father was an amazingly law-abiding type, but he used to view red lights as an advisory, moreso and with more glee in torrential rain. People never think that when you're driving, you're in sole charge of a lethal weapon. To borrow a pertinent phrase from the NRA: Cars don't kill people, people kill people. 

It's apparent that a large proportion of road users take no notice of road signs along the B3153. A centre white line in a village means 'drive with your wheels either side of it'. Hurtling down Ansford Hill doing 50 past the empty speed cameras is fun right up until your brake pipes fail. Trying to reach escape velocity upon seeing the national speed limit signs at either end of Keinton Mandeville - Aiming for three seconds of weightlessness before having to slow down for re-entry at the Lydford lights. Doing any of these things doesn't mean that you're a competent driver, it means you're a danger to the public.

I've noticed a spate of DIY signs sprouting up all around this area recently. Hand painted 30mph circles tacked to telegraph poles and pleading red paint to slow down is becoming a rustic trend-setting cottage industry.

The Ansford Hill and Lydford signs are looking particularly impressive right now.

Community policing of traffic is necessary because there's no traffic management in this area. The Somerset highways department is based in Yeovil. I think they share a proto-googlemap from the 1990's before bends could be rendered on screens and ping pong balls were still square. They never have the cash to go anywhere and for some unknown reason, we're paying taxes to have an entire department of desk-jockeys imagine what ups and downs look like from an arial map.

Traffic management is not only cheaper than anyone thinks, it's far easier than anyone's let on - The guys who park their vehicles in the road near Lydford lights are doing a sterling job of creating a single lane chicane for the cost of road tax - Even cheaper are the signs to Pylle and Ditcheat - A statement of fact on the A37 to send the message and cure the HGV problem for less than £15 from SixPAC!

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