Police sting nabs drivers going around high water barricades
Aug 25, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
As the water rises some low-lying areas quickly flood... Last year a 15-year-old girl drowned when the car she was in was dragged by an under current in Century City. The family says the city was negligent in not putting up barricades or warning signs. Now the city is being more proactive on their new approach to get laredoans to be responsible drivers. When it rains...water around low lying areas can quickly rise making some crossings very dangerous. Barricades were placed around some of those troubled But officer Abraham Diaz says too often people ignore the barricades... In a sting operation we caught dozens of people trying to go around them.. Making a mess for those behind them.
Some did turn around at midpoint, but others just kept going... Caught red-handed by us and the police.
“The barricades are telling you that there is some sort of danger up ahead in this case there is water over the roadway.”
This aggressive approach comes after a teenager driving back late at night from her birthday party was dragged by an under current... The family blamed the city for not doing enough to warn people of low-lying areas like these.. “The scene here is very different a year later after 15 year old Karen Reyes past away. Now, these barricades were placed by the City of Laredo, also this water gauge as well as those steel dividers.” “People don't realize but it can take up to six inches of water over a roadway with a current with enough speed or force to drag a person.” And as it got darker people continued to try to go around the barricades.. Making it harder to see how deep it could be.. “If the barricades are up turn around don't drown.” Seven people have already been arrested for trying to go around barricades the city of Laredo had put in low-lying areas.