Spring showers bring April potholes, as the saying goes. As the snow thaws, potholes caused by the winter ice become evident. Some Canadians have been taking matters into their own hands and filling potholes themselves.
From the genuinely useful to the downright hilarious, Canadians are taking drastic measures to fix the streets and protect their cars.
Officials are warning that citizens who decide to DIY fix the potholes in their area can, and will, be fined. Fines start at $250 and can go up to $2,000.
TL;DR Many Canadians have taken the matter of fixing potholes into their own hands. However, officials are warning that doing this can make you eligible for a hefty fine, not too mention the risk of being held liable if your pothole fix injures someone.
Maine needs to fix their roads immediately. I’ve seen more potholes than people since I’ve been home. pic.twitter.com/xG1ZSGr7HM— Ian Snowdeal (@IanSnowdeal25) March 18, 2019
This time of the year, Montreal potholes make the GIF above extra relatable.
Some people (read: angels) have decided to take matters in their own hands and fix potholes themselves. Montreal comedian Tony Riccio, for example, made headlines 3 years ago for fixing a pothole with some loose topsoil.
Some Toronto citizens turned a pothole into a tomato garden, and I personally think that that's brilliant:
Big question plaguing residents at Poplar Plains Crescent.— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) August 16, 2018
Tomato be 🍅
Or not tomato be 🍅
People fed up with large sinkhole on street have planted a tomato garden in it instead.
But what will City do about it? Answers on @globalnewsto at 6. pic.twitter.com/Pg4ZpmCnip
Citizens in New Orleans filled their potholes with Mardi Gras beads:
We were talking about potholes yesterday following the news that compensation paid to drivers has more than doubled here in the last 2 years. Here's how residents 'fix' the problem in New Orleans, with Mardi Gras beads (*not suggesting you try this but I've seen it for myself) pic.twitter.com/Ieqrc0Wat9— BBCNI Travel (@BBCNITravel) March 27, 2019
Other fixes by cities around the world even manage to make Montreal look good:
When you ask a forklift driver to fix a pothole. pic.twitter.com/AWSTIVSWND— NotMyJob (@r_NotMyJob) March 25, 2019
Remember when you were promised that higher gas taxes would be used to fix roads, freeways, and bridges across California? Sandbags for Compton potholes. #TaxedEnough #CaDeservesBetter #GasTax #CalLeg Photo courtesy from Pastor Herndon Sr. pic.twitter.com/SowuQkgjn0— CA Senate GOP Caucus (@SenateRepCaucus) March 21, 2019
As tempting as these fixes may be, officials are warning that repairing potholes yourself can lead to some hefty fines.
In Montreal, a first offence will cost around $250. And repeated offences can lead to fines of up to $2 000.
Not to mention the fact that, if someone is injured because of the fix, you could be held personally reliable for damages. And you could be fined on top of everything for the cost of re-filling the pothole.
All things considered, the benefits of fixing a pothole yourself are unfortunately probably not worth the risk.