The Speed Bump Catapault

Infuriated by reckless idiots speeding down your neighborhood street? Tired of waiting for city government to do something about it? Then you will probably enjoy this German guy’s homemade traffic-calming system, inspired, perhaps, by the legendary killer bollards of Manchester, England.

Are there any German speakers out there who can translate the text at the end?

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