Montana Grandmother Goes Viral as She Uses Hair Dryer to Slow Local Traffic

She was given an honorary state trooper title for her efforts.
Fabienne Lang

Taking matters into her own hands, a grandmother from the state of Montana, used a white hairdryer to try and slow speedy drivers in her neighborhood. 

Taking a comfortable seat by the side of her local road in Polson, a red cup in one hand and a white hairdryer in the other, Patti Forest Baumgartner pointed her 'speeding radar' at drivers zooming past. 


Why did the grandmother decide to do this?

As a mother, and especially a grandmother to young children, Baumgartner was worried about her grandkids playing out in the street. She's not only concerned for her family but for the community as a whole. 

Speaking about the drivers, Baumgartner said: "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." 

And how did the Montana grandma decide that using a hairdryer was her best bet to slow traffic down? 

“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," said Baumgartner.

The hairdryer certainly looked the part of a speed radar gun.

The photo has gone viral

Baumgartner's son snapped a picture of his mother while 'on duty' and shared it with State Trooper Noah Pesola to grab his attention. It worked!

Trooper Pesola was so amused and impressed with Baumgartner's efforts that he made his way to her, offered her a badge and trooper hat, and gave her the title of an "honorary trooper."

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Pesola said, "It's not an official or anything like that for the honorary trooper, which is kind of what I called it. 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 admits that she's unsure whether or not the hairdryer actually slowed any cars down. She's undoubtedly raised awareness about speeding issues in her area.

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