Readers React: How ‘kill switches’ and police drones could cut back on car chases
To the editor: How to prevent police chases is an issue from the last century that still bothers us frequently. The problem can surely be handled more efficiently and expeditiously.
Recently, I watched a chase on TV that started in El Cajon and went through Santa Clarita; it included a procession of police vehicles and helicopters. The ordeal ended in the middle of the 5 Freeway because of a mechanical failure or fuel exhaustion.
I suggest that every car registered in California be fitted with a “kill switch” that can be activated by law enforcement. There should be protocols that ensure proper legal protections, such as a warrant issued by a special judge based on the circumstances. The end result would be the same — the car would slowly die and roll to a stop — but law enforcement resources would be preserved and public safety would be enhanced.
Barry Baker, Los Angeles
To the editor: Car chases in an urban environment are a problem made for drones.
Siegfried Othmer, Woodland Hills
To the editor: These events are called “police chases,” thus making police responsible. They should be referred to as “suspect flights.”
It is the suspect unlawfully fleeing police that causes a chase.
Bob Harbicht, Arcadia
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