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Grandmother Targets Speeding Drivers with Hair Dryer "Speed Trap"

When she realized that people felt unsafe, she knew she had to do something to try and stop it.

A grandmother in Polson, MT is literally taking the law into her own hands to stop cars from speeding on her street.

Like any good grandmother, Patti Baumgartner is worried about her grandchildren's safety. She lives on a windy road in Polson's South Finley Point that is notorious for speeding drivers. The street doesn't have a sidewalk or much of a guardrail, making it even more risky for anyone walking along on foot or riding a bike.

"There's a lot of people complaining that they can't walk, or ride their bikes," she told KPAX-TV .

"I wouldn't even attempt riding a bike around." - Patti Baumgartner

Baumgartner, tired of seeing cars fly by her home at over twice the speed limit, decided to do something about it. She set up a folding chair along the side of the road and aimed a hair dryer at passing cars in hopes that drivers would mistake it for a speed gun and slow down. Her son, who thought the idea was amusing, tweeted a photo of her out to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Noah Pesola, hoping to get a reaction.

(Source: @timmyb48 )

Shortly after the post, Pesola responded.

"I thought it was hilarious, I think that we have a speed issue in Montana and I thought it was a great creative idea for the public to try and combat that a little bit without making people too upset," Trooper Pesola said.

Pesola found Baumgartner and personally thanked her for trying to help the community. He even gave her the title of "Honorary Montana Trooper."


And like she says she's got grandkids in the area, so she's doing something for her grandkids benefit. The best thing I could think of was give her a trooper hat and a badge to make her look a little more official," Pesola added.

Hopefully, the town will take Baumgartner's lead and will help put a stop to the speeding on South Finley Point. Until then, she plans on setting up her hair dryer "speed trap" again to try and get cars to slow down on her street.

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