To help illustrate the dangers posed by driving at high speeds, a Houston Police Academy lesson plan on driving safety states the following: A 4,200-lb. vehicle — the approximate weight of a Ford Crown Victoria patrol car — traveling 55 miles per hour has 423,500 foot-pounds of kinetic energy to burn before it can be brought to a stop. This much energy can throw a four-ton elephant 53... More >>>
Courtesy of Richard Lagarde
An expert hired by the City of Houston was prepared to testify that the crash that killed world-renowned scientist Estela Medrano was more the fault of her "jet-lagged" husband than the police officer's driving 84 mph without lights or siren.