Patti Baumgartner wanted drivers to stop speeding and slow down in her Montana neighborhood so she took action herself.
A photo of the mother and grandmother sitting on the side of the road using a hair dryer as a fake radar gun went viral on social media, Missoula, Mont., TV station KPAX reported.
“They forget to slow down, and there are a lot of people that are complaining about that they can’t walk or ride their bikes. I wouldn’t even attempt riding a bike around,” Baumgartner told KPAX.
“We were talking about maybe something would slow the cars down. So, we decided to put me in a chair and I guess use the hair dryer as a speed thing,” she said.
Montana state trooper Noah Pesola caught wind of a tweet from Baumgartner’s son with the photo and made the grandmother a honorary trooper.
“The best thing I could think of was give her a trooper hat and a badge to make her look a little more official,” he said.
I was able to find Ms. Patti.
She was made an honorary Trooper with a campaign hat and sticker badge for her work to keep her grandkids safe. #SlowDown#KidsCrossing#KeepOurKidsSafe https://t.co/M2EYlDQlku pic.twitter.com/eaAh4s1It2
— Trooper N. Pesola (@TrooperPesola) August 20, 2019
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