Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo held a news conference to address the rise in violent road rage incidents in Houston.
Acevedo was joined by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, District Attorney Kim Ogg and members of the Texas Department of Public Safety who discussed what they are calling an alarming increase.
Here are the highlights:
- We have seen a marked increase this year in terms of Road rage incidents and aggravated assaults as a result of road rage.
- During the COVID-19 period, we have seen a great reduction in commute traffic. We have seen about 200 road rage shootings this year, which is a 33% increase.
- Starting a new initiative that will help put road rage criminals behind bars. There will be a greater presence and effort on the road to prevent road rage and reckless driving.
- Teams have been directed to go after aggressive drivers who. if not stopped, might become another violent statistic.
- “Anyone who thinks that they can just go out there and engage in road rage and commit aggravated assaults would be wrong,” Acevedo said.
- We are not psychologists, but we do know that COVID-19 has had a psychological impact on people. We have seen a rise a violent crime.
- When we can and the law permits, we will forfeit cars, Acevedo said.
- Ed Gonzalez: seeing more and more incidents where minor traffic incidents are resulting in escalated crimes like assault.
- Kim Ogg: The people of Harris County deserve safe roadways. But when we have people who are driving recklessly … Houstonians are unnecessarily having their lives put at risk.