We visit the Hucknall Road where Grandma pointed a hair dryer at speeding cars
In 2017, Hucknall’s Jean Brooks went viral after a video surfaced of her trying to slow down passing vehicles. However, the retired grandmother was not brandishing speed cameras, instead pointing a hair dryer from her garden in a bid to scare drivers into keeping to the speed limit.
She says cars often slowed down in St Mary’s Way due to her unconventional tactics. A video of her went viral and Ms Brooks told Nottinghamshire Live five years ago: ‘I remembered a friend telling me about something she had heard about in France.
“Someone took their hair dryer and pointed it at the cars and they slowed down. So I thought I’d do this. They’re coming in on their scooters and quads to show off to the sixth-grade girls, acting like a male bird of paradise. That’s all, “don’t look at the hands” but it will soon be “look, not the teeth”.
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“One of my daughters called me and said I had gone viral. I thought ‘I don’t have a virus’ but she told me what she meant. My grieving daughter saw it and it made her laugh. Made my road safer for children and made my grieving daughter smile. You can’t put a price on that.
So, five years later, we took a trip to St Mary’s Way to find out if Ms Brooks’ efforts had paid off in the long run – or if residents still had problems with speeding. The first thing we were told by neighbors was that she no longer lived in her old home and had since moved, meaning no vehicles had received the hair dryer treatment in recent years. month.
“It’s crazy driving on this road,” said one resident, who believed the problem had not gone away. “If you stay here long enough you’ll see someone drive by at ridiculous speed. I’ve seen cars hit what must be around 80mph. It’s amazing no one was killed.”
Hilary Clark, who has lived in the area since 1975, told Nottinghamshire Live: “There’s a speed limit here but a lot of cars don’t keep to it. It’s the drivers fault, it’s their responsibility to drive properly. We have a lot of families around here.”
Joan Wilson, who also lives on St Mary’s Way, said: “I have to say I have a dog and it really worries me how quickly people descend here. There are quite a few schools here and it’s dangerous.”
Another resident who wished to remain anonymous said: “I just moved here but noticed how fast people go here and it’s not safe. I know there was a woman standing outside with hair dryer but I don’t think she lives here anymore.”
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