child bollards that are so lifelike

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child bollards that are so lifelike

Post by falkor » Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:09 am

12th August 2009
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It looks like an oversized table football figure or an extra from a horror film.
But these unnerving figures are in fact 'child bollards', the latest attempt by a council to slow down drivers.
Half a dozen of the mannequin-style creations have been placed by the side of the road outside a school to fool drivers into thinking a child is about to cross.
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The hope is that when drivers see the crude plastic features and painted-on school uniforms they will ease off the accelerator.
Mixed reaction: The metal figures will replace warning triangles that get lost in an array of signs
But so far residents have given them a mixed reaction. One bollard has even been knocked over, the driver perhaps distracted by the unsettling gaze of the 3ft-high figure.
However, some motorists find them almost too scary - and they have even been compared to Autons, deadly mannequin-like aliens from Dr Who.

And the RAC has voiced a concern that they will distract drivers from concentrating on the road. A resident, Henry Johnson, 50, said: 'They've got scary eyes. A friend of mine was out walking at night and was really freaked out by them. It's just weird.