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Iver District Coun­cil in Buck­ing­hamshire has set up two child-shaped bol­lards to warn driv­ers that they are near in­fant and ju­nior schools in the area. The stat­ues, which have cost the coun­cil £5,395, are de­signed to fool mo­torists into be­liev­ing that a child is about to cross the road, but not ev­ery­one is im­pressed with the new safety mea­sure. Not only do lo­cals think that they are dis­tract­ing – they also be­lieve that they could be dan­ger­ous.

‘They look aw­ful! They should have been nor­mal traf­fic bol­lards,’ said res­i­dent Ali­son Ma­jor. ‘They’ll be knocked over in no time. When peo­ple know that they’re just bol­lards, they’ll con­tinue as nor­mal – so, if a child does step out into the road, the po­ten­tial for them to get hit is still there.’

Would they dis­tract you from driv­ing safely, or make you more care­ful? What do you think? Let us know!

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