I woke up this morning to my phone ringing, it was someone at my gate. Bleary eyed, I got dressed and went out to see what was so important that I have to get up early on a Sunday. I walk down the street to the corner of my property that has somehow become a black hole.
Laying sideways down in my yard is a small maroon civic. It had sheered off about ten full grown bushes and taken out my fence..... again. AGAIN!!! That corner of my yard has been driven through at least six times, once a motocycle launched itself over the burm down into the yard only to take out the top of one side of the fence and all of the other side of that corner.
Now, I will admit, this time wasn't so bad. The kid who did it actually owned up to it instead of just attempting to drive away (granted the guy on the motorcycle left in an ambulance). But all the others have crashed into the bushes, taken out the fence, drove through the neighbor's yard and left...... Oh wait.... while taking out our electricity and phone for 24 hours or more. This kid missed the electical box and the phone box.
What is with my yard though, how on earth can that many people not see a 35 mile an hour curve? Hell the other day, while I'm standing there (you can't really see down into my yard with all the trees and bushes), a guy in a beautiful old pickup crashes partway into the bushes, stops for a second, backs up and drives away. What the hell? He was going maybe 25 miles an hour.
I'm thinking I need to plant something or do something to keep people from driving into my yard. Maybe a huge brick wall or a guard rail like they have on the highway...... or landmines.
Put up a brick wall. Then, atleast there vehicles wont be mobile enough to make quick escape, and their insurance can pay for damages. Guess you could always go the booring route, and set up a digital camera that records 24/7 to a desktop, and deletes itself after 2 days. A lot of business's run that setup and its pretty cheap if you do it yourself.
Usually they just land in the yard and leave. This poor kid delivers the paper and it was his first day..... and he had a brand new car. I kinda feel for him, but jeeze, I drive the curve EVERY DAY and I have never driven into my yard.
do the camera thing, and everytime someone goes through the yard, post the vid on here, it'll at least give us some funny stuff to watch. but a brick wall aint that bad of an idea, you could do a tiered garden of sorts so the wall wont look like its really random, but it will still work at stopping cars
I'm voting for installing a mote...with alligators.
Seriously tho, a wall, while it may help solve the problem a little, will only cost you a fair chunk of change, will really only serve to cause additional damage to the next guy that "visits" your front yard, and will be a royal pain to have it repaired and paid for each time it happens.
Depending on where you are, you might want to call the city or county and push for them to install guard rails on the turn. Either that or ask them to install speed bumps before and after the turn. If the curve is that bad, they should do something if anything just to help with public safety. Calling them might be a bit of a struggle, but if you band together with your neighbors and maybe even the local media, it'll likely give you a good resolve in the long run.
The long and short is that they (the city/county) installed the road with too sharp a turn without the proper grading and railing protection. The $ should not come out of your pocket to solve the problem...
My yard is actually below the road, so I'm not sure it there's anything I can actually do other than try and get something big to grow there. I keep putting reflectors along the curve and they're sooooo much fun to have they disappear within a week or two.
not sure on a mote but they do have a good idea. ...Have you ever wanted a pond! Mite just be the right place to put it. 4 foot deep should be good enofe... and you should be able to make there insurance pay for the damaged to your yard/pond. they'ed have to try pretty hard to get out and get away from that. lol
have you considered talking to the city or county or whatever governing authority maintains the roads? theyll prob blow you off but mention something about kids playing out there and lawsuits and media and maybe they'll deal with it (guardrail?)
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