• Aug 18, 2009
The suburban neighborhoods of Durham, NC has a speeding problem. Well, the neighborhood had a speeding problem until citizens in the area decided to take matters into their own hands. Instead of forming a tighter bond with law enforcement, the citizens of Durham decided it was better to take the Charles Bronson approach – but instead of using a Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver, residents are apparently threatening to use paint guns.
Local CBS affiliate WRAL reports that the group, Angry Neighbors with Paintball Guns, has posted signs throughout residential Durham warning speeders that they will be met with a hail of bullets of the Sherwin Williams kind. Needless to say, speeding in the area has been curbed significantly and the members of ANPG have become a sought after commodity on the local news. There is one problem, though: shooting paint balls at cars is illegal, and to our way of thinking, that's a good thing for the safety of speeders and bystanders. To our knowledge, no shots have been fired so far.

Meanwhile, the Durham police department has stepped up its game in-and-around the affected neighborhoods and speeders has reportedly all but disappeared. So, are the cops or the paint ballers keeping the streets of Durham safe? We've got our money on the boys and girls in blue, though paintball guns - like the .475 Wildey - make a real mess.

[Source: WRAL | Image: Capitol Broadcasting Company]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      They haven't shot paintballs at anyone and the police are taking the situation seriously for a change.

      I think they already won.
      MotherX5
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a tough one....though I smiled at the neighbors efforts, I too know it's illegal. After reading the article, there was no mention of action being taken, so maybe the threat of shooting the cars with paintballs was enough to make them stop.
      I live in a neighborhood where our street is used for a throughway and there are 15 kids on my street at a minimum (when you include their friends it adds up). 25MPH residential zone and you'd think everyone who drives through here is dyslexic. I've literally seen them zigzag through the kids. Complain to the City and beg for speed bumps and you get "It impedes emergency vehicles and snow plows"
      First of all, I'd rather deal with the snow on my street then a dead kid and seriously, how often does an emergency vehicle come into a neighborhood? When a kid has been struck by a car?
      Is it illegal to lay nails in the street and pray for flat tires?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if I'm the only one with this story.

      I was driving though a neighborhood on halloween. I thought that sound should be a warning "hey I'm here" sorta sign. I drove though it at 15 mph (speed limit was 30), my car sounded fast. I get a bunch of parents yelling stuff like "The speed limit is 30!"
      "dude. I know."
      I think that people correlate engine note to speed. Kinda like a bike, you know? You hear some race car sound, only to see a bike cruising down the street.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with that.

        I had an early 90s Honda a while back. No bottom end, the muffler was rusting out so the top end sounded like a riding mower in a gravel pit... I'd get the finger for 20 in a 25 every couple months.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Won't a paintball leave more than a splat mark on a car? I've been hit with one before and had a bruise for weeks. I would assume it could actually dent the metal and if so, I'd be one pissed of driver if this happened to me. Bypassing that whole speeding thing to begin with of course.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your first problem would be that you are meeting friends at a middle school.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, a paintball will leave more than paint on your car. There's some punk-ass kids in our neighborhood that drove around paintballing cars. They left a nice dent in the back of my car. They also egged a bunch of cars recently and I don't know who was throwing it but they have one hell of a pitching arm because they hit my car hard enough to crack the clearcoat.

        If I ever find those little punks, it won't be the barrel of a paintball gun they'll be looking at!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Taking the law into their own hands could lead to some ugly consequences.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in an HOA, and the local LEs won't enforce traffic laws unless there's an accident. We have folks that constantly run stop signs, and most don't even slow down for at least I know of (closest to my house). I'd love a way to stop that - legally.

      If the sign by itself was a deterrent, then good for them. Especially if no shots were actually fired.
      • 5 Years Ago
      in my opinion thats destroying personal property and the person thats responsible for doing it would be responsible for repairingit , right ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm conflicted about this one. On one hand shooting at traffic is irresponsible and dangerous and could cause a crash, especially if a window is down.

      On the other hand, there's a little prick of a rich kid who treats my street like a rally special stage and frequently comes around corners at well over the limit with all four wheels sliding. I'd like nothing more than to take a few pot-shots at him as he blasts past.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Note that in many areas, BB guns are considered a type of firearm and discharging them in city limits can land with you with unlawful discharge of firearm within city limits charges, among others. LE doesn't take punks shooting at cars with bb guns lightly.

        If you have beef with a neighbor, be a man (or woman), and talk to them face to face. Don't be a child.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd use a couple pellet guns. The body damage would be a bit worse, and if their windows are down... Well. The crash would be exciting.
      c21logan
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was shot with a paintball in the Winston Salem area in June. I was not speeding, it was piss pouring the rain and if the JackA$$ would have hit me a little higher it would have hit my windshield and with my wippers on it would have smeared it from one side to the other and I would be DEAD along with anyone in my blinded path. This is the most ridculous idea ever and trust me I have seen some ridculous things in my life. This is dangerous and if I could get my hands on the JackA$$ that shot my car he would be sh*tting paint balls for the rest of there life!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is illegal in all states, and if used the shooter will owe for a paint job amoung law charges
      Doug
      • 5 Years Ago
      The comedian, Gallagher, had a joke about shooting rubber suction-tipped arrows into the trunks of bad drivers and then having the police give them tickets when they spotted a car with a number of arrows planted in the trunk lid. (Jury of peers approach). This could be an update of that old joke. It still sounds like a good idea to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I respect their vigilantism, but I disagree with their method of choice. You don't screw with people behind heavy machinery.
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