L.A. Sheriff Department Warns Of Gang Tactics Used To Get Drivers To Pull Over-Fiction!

Los Angeles Sheriff Department Warns Of Gang Tactics Used To Get Drivers To Pull Over-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forward email allegedly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that warns of gangs using fake babies in car seats along the road to lure motorists to pull over and stop to investigate.   The email also warns not to use windshield wipers to clean off eggs that are thrown at cars. It says that this would cloud up visibility and force drivers to pull over to the side of the road when water from the wiper tank is mixed with the eggs by your windshield wipers.

The Truth:

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff (LASD) told TruthOrFiction.Com that this is a hoax and that they did not send out this warning.   Some versions of the forwarded email appeared to have been sent from a deputy in the probation department for County of Los Angeles, CA.   The LASD spokesperson said that they are looking into the origins of this hoax and that the probation department does not even come under his organization.

This eRumor actually evolved from another hoax about a similar warning from the Department of Corrections in Tennessee that said gangs were using bloodied dolls in infant car seats along the road to attract the attention of motorists.  The drivers would pull over to the side of the road to investigate the car seat as gang members were patiently waiting for their next victim. Click here for our findings.

The LASD spokesperson did say that in any case where there is some sort of distraction to get the driver’s attention, such as an egg thrown at a windshield, it is always best not to pull over immediately. He added that drivers should always be aware of their surroundings when they pull over and exit their cars.    The law enforcement agency does suggest that divers should try to locate a local police station or well lit filling station to examine their cars for damages.

Windshield washer tanks should not contain water.  The solutions in the reservoir tanks are designed to break down substances on automotive windshields and most tank lids and vehicle owner manuals warn against them being refilled with water.  In colder climates water will freeze in the solution which could result in other problems.

updated 11/12/10