City of Lufkin Uses Police Chase Videos as Educational Tool - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

01/08/04

City of Lufkin Uses Police Chase Videos as Educational Tool

by Alex Carias

Hardly a day goes by that you don't see dramatic video of a police chase going on somewhere. Many of them end in tragedy. That's why the City of Lufkin is using technology to educate you about the dangers of running from the police.

Television viewers have grown accustomed to seeing police chases on local newscasts and shows like "Cops." The video is often intense and may even seem exciting to some people. But police say the bottom line is, chases are dangerous. The City of Lufkin and the Police Department are giving you a first-person look at those dangers by putting dash-cam video on their web site.

"Seen in this video here, the suspect in the vehicle is traveling completely on the opposite side of the road facing oncoming traffic. I haven't seen on here where he stopped at any stop sign or done anything safe. He's putting a lot of people at danger," explained officer Toby Stanaland as he looked at the web site video.

Police say the video is designed to not only educate, but to inform the public about the police department's procedure when it comes to pursuits, as well as what you should do if you're involved in a traffic stop.

"Pull over, because more than likely you're not going to get away. With the technology we have these days, multiple units, it's hard to outrun a radio, road spikes. Chances are you're not going to get away and even if you do get away, they're going to find out who you are and we're going to get you later," added Stanaland.

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