A child’s sign warning drivers to be extra cautious may prove more impactful than all the traffic laws in England.
After the child’s pet cat was killed by a passing motorist, she put up a heartfelt notice to others who drive down her street.
“My cat got killed here. Please go slow animals crossing.”
And then another. And another.
The child’s signs are fastened to hedges and lampposts around Greater Manchester, and drivers are taking notice.
“I spotted them as I was out and about earlier,” former councilor Neil Taylor told ITV. “There are about half a dozen of them tied to lampposts and things. It’s obvious it’s a child’s handwriting so it really pulls at the heartstrings.”
The author of the signs remains anonymous, but her intentions have been recognized all over the world. Thousands have seen the signs in news articles and social media.
“For me it’s more powerful than a normal street sign,” Taylor said. “A child saying directly that my cat has been killed here and please go slow.
“It seems people often just have no regard for their speed on side roads now,” he continued. “I’ve been saying for years now it’s only a matter of time before someone, let alone a cat, is killed. So hopefully these signs might make some drivers sit up and take notice.”
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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