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The question - Speed guns

Villagers in Sleepy Somerset are to turn vigilante, after being issued with speed guns by the police to clock motorists as they race through their streets.

How would you use such a weapon?

I would use it conspicuously as a deterrent to reduce speeds past my house. However, the expense of providing me with a speed gun is not required, since I have found that my fluorescent site jacket and my wife's hair dryer achieves satisfactory results.

Dave Tomlinson, 55, principal engineer, Argyll

I would use it on cyclists who insist on cycling fast up the inside of slow moving cars in traffic, on bikers who roar along on minor roads, on police cars who appear to have a very flexible view on speed limits they wish to acknowledge in built up areas, and finally on my children when I mention that they might do a few chores!

Nick Langdon, 43, associate director, Aldershot

I would compare the speed of my car with the police cars that scream past me, without their blue lights on (which I understand is required by law if they are exceeding the speed limit), in order to check the error on my speedometer as their 70mph certainly doesn't agree with mine!

Paul Russell, 44, customer service director, London

According to BBC Top Gear's Quentin Willson 'bad driving kills, not speed!'. This, as a bald statement, encourages people to drive too fast. Quentin would probably say that driving too fast for the conditions is bad driving. But do you know anyone who acknowledges that they are a bad driver?

I thought not. So, we are not bad drivers and therefore we can drive faster. With my speed gun I would get Quentin to sit at the end of the straight road through our village and ask him to stop everyone who drives too fast so that he can explain what he really meant.

Tim Griffiths, 49, temporary works consultant, High Wycombe The use of speed guns is open to abuse and could potentially lead to 'village warfare'.

Instead of investing in this type of scheme, the only solution to speeding through rural areas is the wholescale roll-out of digital speed cameras, linked to DVLA records, to automatically issue speeding tickets.

David Cormie, structural engineer, Warrington

Living close to an RAF base on a high state of alert, I would lend it to the nasty man three doors down, tell him to stand on the hilltop to see how fast the planes are going as they take off and test out the theory that the planes' defences would lock on to this rogue radar signal and launch a missile to eliminate the perceived threat.

Although if it was a choice of being given a speed gun or being given the hump - I would probably take the hump as they do make vehicles go slower.

Jerry Cutter, associate, London

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