UPDATE: Hooksett caught on camera warning drivers to 'slow down' with spray paint
A Hooksett resident was caught on camera Monday afternoon spray painting a warning for drivers in her neighborhood.
Police say an older woman wrote the words “slow down” thirteen times between 30 and 55 Farmer Road with orange and yellow spray paint.
“Frankly, I don’t blame the woman,” said Kim Hureau, who has lived at the corner of Farmer and Whitehall Terrace for the last eight years. “I wish I knew who it was. I’d give her a pat on the back.”
Other neighbors don’t necessarily think what the woman did was right, but agreed it’s an issue that needs attention.
“I can understand her frustration,” Rene Bussiere said. “I don’t think she did the right thing by painting the road like that.”
Bussiere grew up in the area and now lives with his family on Farmer Road. He said speeding has been persistent problem for years, and he’s witnessed several accidents over the years.
“They have no regard for people that are on the side of the road or the speed limit that is posted,” he said.
Hureau told NH1 that just a few weeks ago, the speed limit was also raised from 25 to 30 miles an hour to match state standards, but that hasn’t helped.
“It doesn’t matter,” she said. “They’re well exceeding that with the speeds that we see. It’s just between 45 and 60 is way too fast for this road.”
Hooksett Chief of Police Peter Bartlett said they are investigating the incident as a case of criminal mischief. He added the level of the crime suspect’s penalty will be determined by the value of the damage done.
Right now, police are also working with the highway department to choose the best option to fix the damage done. Bartlett did not specify if anything would be done to address the speeding issue in the area.
Residents are skeptical they’ll see change in the near future.
“I think it’s going to have to take something where somebody’s going to have to, unfortunately, have a real bad accident on the road, a fatality, to finally have real change down here,” Bussiere said.
In the meantime, they plan to be as careful on the roadway as ever.
“I can’t let my grandkids out here, I can’t let the animals out here,” Hureau added. “It’s not safe.”