Editor's Note — Police driving expert Capt. Travis Yates says that while we should not to jump to conclusions about this incident, the possibility that the rear tire tread was below the minimum standards should remind officers that their vehicle tires are a critical component to their driving safety. "The tread depth controls stopping, acceleration, and cornering," he says.
"Tires that are worn are more susceptible to hydroplaning, puncture and blowouts. A daily inspection of your tires is well worth the safety benefit.
"I am confident in the Mayor’s statement that they are 'prepared to spend whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our police officers.' That is the right attitude before and after a tragedy. My prayers go out to the family of Officer Esparza, the Irving Police Department and the entire Irving community."