Pothole Penis Painter Returns With Rubber Ducky Stunt As Roadworks Vigilante Scene Gains Ground
Geoff Upson has made a video with one of the many penises he has drawn on Old North Rd over the past three years. Video / Geoff Upson
A road safety vigilante who drew national attention for spray painting green penises on potholes has now resorted to rubber ducky stunts on social media, after threats of police prosecution .
Geoff Upson says he is continuing his campaign to draw attention to the deplorable state of many sections of New Zealand’s motorways, after it emerged this week that residents of Auckland’s Rodney district have decided to repair local potholes themselves.
Residents of Rodney billed Auckland Transport for the sealing of 20 potholes on a local road and posted their efforts on a local Facebook page.
Auckland Transport said it would not pay the maintenance bill for local residents.
Upson, another road works vigilante, lives in Kaukapakapa – quite close to the Rodney district in the north of the Auckland region – and says the quality of the road there is appalling.
“Lots of gravel roads [around here] Looks like this. If I wanted to take a photo of a pothole, I only had to drive a few minutes to the nearest gravel road,” he said.
“But the same on paved roads. I drive Old North Rd or Kahikatea Flat Road most days and they both have potholes and they’ve been there for a long time. They’re not new potholes- They didn’t just train this winter, they were there last winter and they just reopened.”
The 31-year-old Aucklander continued to draw attention to massive potholes on Auckland’s roads this year on his ‘Geoff Upson Road Safety Campaigner’ Facebook page after he was stopped by police at the mid-2021 after spray painting green penises around them. .
A Helensville police letter dated Aug. 27, 2021 issued Upson a formal warning for willful damage to property which is punishable by three months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
“I think the reality is that the police see accidents due to the dangerous surface of the road and the police can understand that myself and other people in the area are very angry that the roads are not maintained to a sufficient level of safety,” Upson said.
“You know, behind the uniform, they are real people and they understand that. They have to deal with the consequences of people crashing on dangerous roads.”
Upson is now filming himself tossing yellow rubber duckies into dangerously large potholes filled with water after rain.
He says his new, less provocative pothole stunt came after Auckland Transport contacted him to say they were going to charge him thousands of dollars to clear the green penises from the road.
“Obviously we all know I drew the giant green penises on the road,” Upson said.
“My designs were still 100% in the damaged area of the road surface. So every bit of my design, every bit of my paint has now been removed as part of this repair process, so they just did the repair as if it was their job then the spray paint would have been removed and actually it’s because I haven’t drawn anything lately.
“And all the areas that I drew on were completely dug out and repaired. But they thought it was appropriate to leave those big potholes and bumps and jumps and ripples, but the water spray my spray paint.”
But Upson says he didn’t have to pay the Auckland Transport maintenance bill.
The road safety campaigner says his new rubber ducky initiative is having great results both on the roads and on the morale of Kiwi motorists.
“The idea that there’s something that doesn’t really mark the road and also went really well with the kids. I know last time with penises, I mean 99% of people loved it and thought it was funny but there was 1 percent of people who got offended. At least that way no one is offended. Kids love it, they talk about it with their parents “hey, that’s rubber ducky”.
One of Upson’s rubber ducky videos has garnered more than 100,000 views on Facebook and another video he posted recently helped fix a bad pothole near his home quickly, a- he declared.
“How cool. I was sitting in line for KFC by car a few nights ago, and I had had a long day at work. I think it was 7 or 8 p.m. and I heard this scream I turned around I turned off my radio and I turned around and there’s this guy sitting in his car across the parking lot screaming rubber ducks, rubber ducks , you’re the rubber ducky guy” ever met recognized me from my video on Facebook. So I gave him a rubber ducky and I think he gave it to his kids.”