NEWS RELEASE: MPD Warns of Reckless Driving
On Monday, January 14 beginning at approximately 7:44 p.m., officers with the Marshall Police Department and Marshall Independent School District (MISD) Police Department responded to multiple reports of numerous vehicles driving recklessly in the Marshall Mall parking lot as well as surrounding areas. When officers arrived, they observed several drivers doing “donuts” in the mall parking lot, passengers riding on top of vehicles and hanging out of vehicles, and other drivers speeding around with no obvious regard for pedestrians. As a result, three people were arrested. An investigation into various social media activity indicates that this was a planned gathering among students and friends of the victims following the vigil held at the high school Monday evening.
The Marshall Police Department, MISD Police Department and MISD Administration would like to remind the public that it is illegal and dangerous to drive recklessly. We understand our community is grieving the tragic loss of two high school students, but reckless driving will not be tolerated in our city.
We are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of negligent driving and the consequences. The Marshall Police Department will have extra officers on patrol Saturday, January 19 during the funerals for the teens killed in last weekend’s crash. Anyone caught trespassing, driving recklessly or otherwise in an unsafe manner, will be arrested and their vehicle impounded. Our community has suffered enough tragedy and we certainly don’t want anyone else getting hurt or killed, especially for something that can be prevented.
Public Information Officer
Marshall Police Department