By Ashley Silver
PORTLAND, Texas — With an increase in wrong-way crashes leading to harm or demise, Texas officers are taking a more durable method to guard the general public from reckless drivers.
What’s the division’s plan? Portland (Texas) Police Chief Mark Cory spoke with KIII Information to share particulars: “We attempt to get our models down there as they arrive off the causeway and arrange spike strips in an try to get the wrong-way driver to cease there. If that does not work, I’ve given the order to all of our officers to ram that automobile off the roadway.”
Cory’s officers have been placing decisive counter-maneuvers in place for the previous year-and-a-half to pressure wrong-way drivers who refuse to cease off the highway, in keeping with KIII Information.
“Our officers make the choice to take decisive motion to take these autos off the roadway,” he informed the information outlet.
Final week, Cory mentioned a wrong-way driver killed two folks in San Patricio County earlier than officers might arrive. One of many victims was San Patricio County Sheriff’s Division dispatcher Betsy Mandujano.
“We received to do one thing,” San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera informed KIII Information. “This isn’t going to work. Who’s subsequent?”
Cory mentioned the division responds to round half a dozen wrong-way driving incidents yearly and feels an obligation to take away these autos from the highway as quick as attainable – even when which means ramming them to avoid wasting lives.
“So when folks ask me, ‘Chief, why do y’all ram these autos together with your $70,000 patrol automobiles?’ and I pull this image proper there … that is why we ram autos to forestall that from taking place.”