Craig Rovere: New Jersey father takes on speeding drivers with controversial sign with gun

WAYNE, N.J. - A fed up New Jersey homeowner is using shock value to try and get driver's to stop speeding in his neighborhood. But some see it as a threat.

Dad of three Craig Rovere says speeding has become a big problem is his neighborhood.

"We had one shaped like a kid with a little flag. (I) came home one day and it was run over, so that's sort of the last straw," said Rovere.

He says police patrol the area when they can.

"But it's a big town - 26 square miles. They can't be sitting on my street all day," said Rovere.

So, he took matters into his own hands - hanging a sign which reads: "Warning: if you hit one of these kids because you are speeding, you will not need a lawyer."  

At the bottom of the sign is a large handgun.   

Rovere admits while most support the sign, some in the neighborhood have a problem with his implied threat, which he says is an empty one.   He's not planning on shooting anyone, he says. He was aiming for shock value.

"I mean, guns exist, guns kill people, but cars kill people too. It's kind of a hot-button issue and that was the idea. I needed something. Just a sign that said 'slow down' doesn't work," said Rovere.

The Roveres had put the sign up on a patch of land across the street from their home. They have removed it because it was public property and there were complaints.  But they say by the time the sign had come down, it had already done its job.

He says the speeding has gone down and as long as it stays that way, so will the sign.  

Courtesy: CNN Newsource