NH man finds unique way to try to slow speeding drivers

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - One man is taking the issue of speedy drivers into his own hands, giving himself the unofficial role of "pace car" in his hometown.

Harold Whitehouse of Portsmouth, New Hampshire says people are driving too fast, especially on South Street. One morning he and a group of friends decided to do something about it and that's when they came up with this: a bumper sticker proclaiming him as the "pace car" of Portsmouth.

"It says: I am your pace car. I live here. And some people ask me, what is a pace car," said Whitehouse.

Driving his 14-year-old green station wagon, Harold makes sure to go the speed limit, even if it means causing a bit of back up behind him.

"The speed is 20 miles per hour and they're doing 30 or 35. It's dangerous! It really is," said Whitehouse.

Whitehouse's message may be serious, but he's not without a sense of humor.

"A lot of people are accepting. They give me thumbs up. And some give me the other. I don't know what it is, but they say I'm number one! Haha, I didn't know I was number one," said Whitehouse.

He says he doesn't mind the honking. In fact, it appears other people don't mine either. He's handed out all of his 25 bumper stickers, except for one, which he gave to Boston 25 News.

"I'm the most easy going guy in the city of Portsmouth. I like my city. I've been here all my life. I've served 30 years as an elected official and now I'm a little bit older and I'm doing just a little bit extra," said Whitehouse.

A little bit extra that he's hoping will go a long way to slowing drivers down.

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