New Jersey homeowner takes on speeding drivers with controversial sign

WAYNE, NJ (News 12 New Jersey/CNN) – Slow down — or else!

A fed up New Jersey homeowner is using shock value to try and get driver’s to stop speeding in his neighborhood.

But some see it as a threat.

Even without seeing them, you know there are a lot of kids in this Wayne, New Jersey neighborhood.

And they are the reason a sign was recently posted on Laurel Drive.

“We had one shaped like a kid with a little flag. Came home one day and it was run over. So that’s sort of the last straw,” parent Craig Rovere said.

Rovere is a father of three and says speeding has become a big problem is his neighborhood.

He says cops patrol when they can.

“But its big town, 26 square miles. They can’t be sitting on my street all day,” Rovere said.

So he took matters into his own hands, hanging the sign which reads quote: “Warning: If you hit one of these kids because you are speeding, you will not need a lawyer.”

And at the bottom, a large handgun.

Rovere admits while most support the sign, some in the neighborhood have a problem with his implied threat which he says is an empty one. He’s not planning on shooting anyone, he says. He was aiming – for shock value.

“I mean, guns exist, guns kill people – but cars kill people too. It’s kind of a hot button issue and that was the idea — I needed something…just a sign that said ‘slow down’ that doesn’t work,” Rovere said.

The Roveres had put the sign up on this patch of land across the street from their home. They have removed it because it was public property and there were complaints. But they say by the time the sign had come down, it had already done its job.

He says the speeding has gone down, and as long as it stays that way so will the sign.

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