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"All these parking lots are death traps and especially to children," Swanson said.

She lives near The Gardens on Havana Shopping Center in Aurora. She walks through the outdoor mall and observes drivers being careless.

"Probably 30 to 40 percent of people have no regard for what would be a safe speed in a parking lot," Swanson said. "I see evidence of people not stopping at all at stop signs."

Swanson said she has already started working to contact the mall owner and store management to have some sort of signage placed in the lot urging drivers to be safer and aware of children.
She said the tragedy in Littleton has confirmed her resolve in her actions.

"I want to encourage everyone to think when they're driving. Just think and be aware of the fact that when children are at all involved, they have sudden unpredictable movements," Swanson said.

If Swanson sees drivers speeding through the mall parking lot, she does not hesitate to yell at drivers.

"I have been a very vocal person to individuals when I see them speeding," said Swanson. "I don't let people just get by with it. I have to point it out to them."

She knows this is not just an issue at her mall or Aspen Grove. She says it is a universal issue that exists at all mall parking lots and grocery store parking lots, especially during the holidays.

"It doesn't even have to be Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's," Swanson said. "Every other major public holiday, people are out and about and they're shopping."

Her passion for this cause comes from her profession.

"I was an operating room nurse," Swanson said. "I was the one helping to put the bodies back together."

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