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Jul 26, 2016 5:57 PM

Hooksett woman admits to spray-painting 'Slow Down' on road, writes apology letter to town

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HOOKSETT - A Hooksett woman admitted to police she was responsible for spray-painting the words “slow down” as many as thirteen times along her suburb street late last month.

Police say Christine Bishop of Farmer Road took responsibility for her actions, admitting to the criminal mischief. They also said she was very apologetic and said they settled the matter without filing charges against her.

Instead, police asked Bishop to write a letter of apology to the town, as well as pay $200 to cover costs to have the Dept. of Public Works pressure wash the paint off.

The handwritten letter explains Bishops frustrations with speeders on her road.

“I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t think of the consequences,” she wrote. “I never thought it was an offense. This curve has always been a danger."

Bishop was not available for an interview on Tuesday, but in the letter, she explained how her brother was seriously hurt while riding his bicycle more than 20 years ago.

“Cars and trucks are driving too fast and too close to the white lines,” Bishop continued later in the letter. “We asked in 1983 and we are asking now for signage. My sincere apologies for the damage I caused.”

The paint is weathered but is still clearly visible and sporadically written from 30 to 55 Farmer Road.

When the paint was first found, Bishop’s neighbors said they shared her frustrations, and speeding has always been a problem on the road.

“Everybody’s in a rush to get somewhere and don’t take into account the people around them,” said Rene Bussiere, who grew up on and still lives on Farmer Road. “This is a thirty-mile-an hour residential area. This is not the speedway.”

Police said the investigation into the incident is closed. See Bishop’s full apology letter here.

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