Slow down or he'll blow you away!

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2001

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- For years, nothing crossing guard Dale Rooks did -- waving, signaling, even screaming -- made speeders slow down by his post outside an elementary school. Then he got out his hair dryer.

Now everyone slows down approaching the school.

Rooks wrapped the hair dryer with electrical tape, and when drivers see it aimed at them they hit the brakes, thinking it's a radar gun.

''It's almost comical,'' says Rooks, 47. ''People are slowing down, raising their hands at me apologetically. It's amazing how well it works.''

Local authorities said that using the radar gun look-alike to control traffic in a school zone appears to be perfectly legal.

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