Ed Sheeran sends out wrong signals to drivers
Ed Sheeran has been feeling the strain as his latest song gave out the wrong signals to drivers.
The pop star was given the highway code warning by Sgt Chris Harris, from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing, posted a plea on Twitter for people to “slow down on Suffolk roads” in response to the song.
I wonder if my tongue in cheek tweet I sent had anything to do with it? ??➗https://t.co/mLopxhGrji
— Sgt Chris Harris (@RPFOUSgt) March 2, 2017
Sheeran has been erecting drive safely signs around the Suffolk area, but the singer/songwriter said that he would not change the lyric despite criticism it has attracted from police.
The song causing the controversy is called Castle On A Hill, containing the line ‘Driving at 90 down those country lanes.’
Speaking to BBC Suffolk, Sheeran said:
“We have a marketing spend for this album and I wanted to do some sort of billboards in Suffolk.
“We thought it would be quite funny instead of having billboards saying the album is out, just having a blue sign that says ‘drive safe’.
“I am not encouraging speeding at all, I am just singing it in a song.
“I don’t think it specifically says miles per hour. It could be kilometres per hour.
“Nobody goes on at Jimi Hendrix for saying 90 miles-per-hour is the speed I drive [in Crosstown Traffic] and he actually says miles-per-hour is the speed I drive.”