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Hundreds of motorists fined after pranksters swap speed limit signs close to a speed camera

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United_Kingdom_40mph_speed_A SPEED camera was 'flashing like a disco light' after pranksters switched a 30mph speed limit sign for a 40 mph speed limit sign.


And hundreds of drivers were left fuming after being slapped with speeding fines as they mistakenly believed the speed limit had been raised and hit the gas.

Today highway chiefs in Bradford called the joke 'crassly irresponsible' and have removed the rogue sign in Woodside Road in Wyke.

Darren Badrock, Bradford Council's principal engineer for Bradford South, said: "The 40mph sign was not put up by the council and appears to have been placed there by a member of the public. We have now removed it.

"Whoever put it up may think it was just a practical joke but it is actually crassly irresponsible.

"We lowered the limit to 30mph on Woodside Road because there had been 157 casualties on the A641 over three years. Encouraging people to drive faster than the speed limit may put lives at risk."

A local resident added: "Some evenings it's been like a strobe disco light. There have obviously been a lot of people who have been caught by it.

"Whoever has placed the sign there, it's a stupid thing to do. It costs time and effort for all those involved in the fines process."

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