23 Aug '11, 3am

That's it, I'm building me one of these. I live on very narrow lane, 30mph zone, average speed, 60, sometimes 80!

That's it, I'm building me one of these. I live on very narrow lane, 30mph zone, average speed, 60, sometimes 80!

If building a house for local birds is awesome, and getting motorists to drive safer is awesome, too, then retiree Ian Magee may have single-handily invented one of the awesomest things ever. Faced with a steady stream of drivers failing to respect the speed-limit in front of his Somerset, UK home, Magee devised a way to get them to slow down, while at the same time providing shelter to avian wildlife -- by building a birdhouse that looks exactly like a law enforcement traffic camera and installing it in his front yard. Most drivers know that they shouldn't speed, but sometimes they need a deterrent to get them to ease up on the gas -- that's why officials across the UK use traffic camera to slow things down. Too often, though, ordinary citizens have been powerless to calm the rate of traffic -- that is, until Magee proved it could be done with some wood and a can of yello...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/awesome-birdhouse...

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