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“Policeman Erik” scares motorists – Dagsavisen

“Policeman Erik” scares motorists – Dagsavisen
“Policeman Erik” scares motorists – Dagsavisen

After the rebuilding of Elvestadkrysset in Hobøl, the everyday life of homeowners Kristin and Øystein Thomsen has become a nightmare. Speed-reducing measures and reduced speeds are something many people want in their residential area. For the couple in Elvestadveien, the speed bump and the 40 kilometers per hour sign have turned the other way.

Shakes like an earthquake

Right outside the semi-detached house in Elvestadveien, traffic must pass over a speed bump on county road 120.

– There are many motorists who do not respect the speed limit, and have an unpleasant experience when they encounter the asphalt. But the worst are some of the heavy transport drivers, says Øystein Thomsen, and adds:

– When lorries with anti-lock brakes suddenly brake suddenly in front of the speed bump and then smash over the obstacle, this creates movements in the ground. Which spreads into our living room. The house shakes so violently that it can resemble an earthquake.

– Of course we accept that we live by a busy road, but then all drivers must respect the speed on the spot, say Kristin Jelstrup Thomsen and Øystein Thomsen in Elvestadveien, Hobøl. (Tomm Pentz Pedersen)

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“Erik” on the veranda

Several accidents have occurred on county road 120 south of Elvestad. Kristin and Øystein Thomsen mean the speed controls outside the residence disappeared after the road was rebuilt. This led to creative ideas for how the couple could get passers-by to respect the speed limit.

– First I hung a reflective vest on the noise screen. It works superbly when it is dark. I then mounted a dummy from a surveillance camera on top of the fence. But the breakthrough came with the policeman “Erik” sitting on the veranda on the second floor. He moved in just before the summer. Even though “Erik” is not very close to the county road, many people slam on the brakes at the sight of what they think is a laser control, laughs Øystein Thomsen.

– We achieve what we want. Passers-by reduce their speed to the posted speed, the noise goes down and the foundation of the house avoids more damage.

Magazine holder, round stick, reflective vest, sunglasses, sun hat and earplugs – interspersed with a dose of creativity – “Erik” makes passers-by respect the speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour. (Tomm Pentz Pedersen)

False security

The problems for the couple in Hobøl have been going on since construction work on a new crossing started many years ago. Cracks in the foundation were discovered, and the engineering firm Rambøll was engaged by Viken County Council to document the condition of adjacent buildings during the construction period.

– There is one speed bump on this small stretch, and of course it was placed right outside our house. People call the road an environmental street, for us it has become an environmental disaster with noise and shaking, says a frustrated Kristin Jelstrup Thomsen.

County road 120 between E18 and E6 is often used by heavy transport, and several mass receptions have also been established along the road. Kristin Jelstrup Thomsen and Øystein Thomsen have owned the home since 2002. The house next door has changed owners several times in the last ten years.

– If we lived in the middle of a housing estate, we would probably have cheered. But here, a speed bump and reduced speed to 40 kilometers per hour is a false sense of security.

Both are aware that the “revelation” of the speed controller on the veranda can have a worse effect.

– Now I hardly think we will be asked to remove him, but if that happens, he will of course disappear. The most important thing for us is to put the spotlight on a hopeless situation, concludes Kristin Jelstrup Thomsen.

- The markings on the speed bumps must be painted several times a year. Abrupt braking and scraping from vehicles hitting the ground wears away the coating, says neighbor Øystein Thomsen.

– The markings on the speed bumps must be painted several times a year. Abrupt braking and scraping from vehicles hitting the ground wears away the coating, says neighbor Øystein Thomsen. (Tomm Pentz Pedersen)

With false surveillance on the fence and

With false surveillance on the fence and “Erik” on the veranda on the second floor, Kristin Jelstrup Thomsen and Øystein Thomsen hope motorists respect the speed limit. (Tomm Pentz Pedersen)

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