Vehicle Enforcement Units Can Help Protect Drivers From Debris

May 24, 2018 Last Updated: May 24, 2018

Midlothian police will soon launch a special unit aimed to protect the roads from dangerous debris falling off trucks. The city joins several larger North Texas cities that already have these vehicle enforcement units.

Coy and Kristina Baldwin were driving down Highway 287 near the edge of Midlothian into Grand Prairie when they say they saw a piece of metal fall off an 18-wheeler.

“The metal fell off the truck and was kicked up underneath the tire,” Kristina recalled. “And it just started coming straight towards me.”

The glass shattered in the windshield and hit Kristina and their 7-week-old baby, but neither were hurt. The metal never fully punctured the windshield for some reason.

“The grace of God,” Coy said. “That’s the only thing I can attribute it to.”

Officer Christopher Vinson recently joined Midlothian PD. He’s one of two officers who are part of the department’s first commercial vehicle unit.

“Midlothian is a unique environment for truck traffic,” he said. “It is a smaller rural town, but there is an immense amount of industry in this city.”

Vinson says the officers will stop trucks, check their logs, brakes, frames and make sure their loads are secure. He says they have been seeing problems with certain truckloads lately.

“There are a lot of issues with objects, metal objects, chunks of things coming out of the trailers of those vehicles,” the officer said.

Midlothian PD hopes to have the commercial vehicle unit officially up and running within the next three to four weeks.