A man paints a “Slow, 25 MPH” onto his local street pavement hoping to slow down speeding cars, but instead lands himself into a heap of issues with the law. A 55-year-old man from Pennsylvania was charged this month with the crime of disorderly conduct and even criminal mischief for trying to paint the illegal message onto Main Street. Now, Salon News shares this Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the accused is preparing to attend a hearing over the controversy and speak his mind on the matter.
Despite one’s best intentions or safety concerns, it is unlawful if a pedestrian paints “Slow, 25 MPH” without proper permission. John Cherok II of western Pennsylvania is learning that lesson the hard way this week. Shortly after he created the message in clear view in an attempt to stop any speeders cruising through, he was arrested by police officers.
The charges in this unusual roadway crime? The 55-year-old man has been slapped with accusations of criminal mischief as well as disorderly conduct for his undocumented display on the public pavement. Cherok II is now reported to be preparing himself for an upcoming legal hearing regarding the safety law and his illicit act of painting a “Slow 25 MPH” sign sans credentials.
Yet Travelers Today News notes that before everyone begins lashing out at the 55-year-old, he did have his own reasons for trying to post the message onto Main Street. Apparently, Cherok II has been a longtime resident of the roadway, and is a proud owner of a local bookstore. Yet a majority of drivers in the area were speeding, the man claims, and enough was enough — the annoyance and safety factor became a serious cause for concern.
According to local law enforcement officers, the man laid out the “Slow 25 MPH” paint directly in the street in an attempt to quite literally slow these speeders down, even without proper authority. One particularly close call with a reckless driver was the last straw for the 55-year-old.
“The car was speeding so fast, and the driver was not even looking in front of him,” asserted Cherok. “If I had been hit, I would have died.”
Nonetheless, police are refuting the man’s allegations, saying that they have been keeping a close eye on the road for almost a year now, and have not documented a single speeding driver along that part of the Main Street roadway. The Township Council President for the Pennsylvania town, James Reedy, says that legal matters unfortunately need to be taken against him — including the crime of unlawful mischief and disorderly conduct — as a result of Cherok II trying to take matters into his own hands.
Apparently, whether simply trying to stop speeding vehicles or not, such renegade action was not the right course to take. A Twitter user took the opportunity to upload the “man paints ‘Slow, 25 MPH’ onto the pavement” message to the social media site earlier this week, where it quickly got caught up in popular buzz. Along with the photo, the uploader noted in her image caption that the 55-year-old man has a scheduled hearing over his alleged violation of traffic and public safety laws with a case district judge.
“That man who painted SLOW, 25 MPH on a Burgettstown road will have a preliminary hearing [tomorrow],” she affirmed.