Woman uses hair dryer to stop speeders

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POLSON, Mont. -- A grandmother in Montana is now an honorary state trooper, KPAX reports.

She wants cars in her neighborhood to slow down, so she took matters into her owns hands with a hair dryer.

Patti Baumgartner had a picture of her sitting with her hair dryer on the side of the road go viral on social media.

A mom and a grandma, Baumgartner wants cars in her neighborhood to slow down for people's safety.

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"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," Baumgartner said. "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."

her took the picture of her and tweeted it out to Trooper Noah Pesola with Montana Highway Patrol, hoping to catch his attention.

And it did.

"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," Pesola said.

Pesola liked it so much he gave Baumgartner a special title.

"It's not official or anything like that for the honorary trooper, which is kinda what I called it," Pesola said. "I didn't know what else to do for her when she's doing something for the community 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."

Baumgartner says she can't tell if her white hair dryer really slowed cars down.

But she plans on using it again to bring awareness to speeding cars in the neighborhood.

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