Travelers coming outside of Texas will now have to go through checkpoints on interstates and highways at the eastern part of state during the Wuhan Virus outbreak.
Texas state troopers set up the checkpoints on Sunday, April 5, 2020 and they come less than a week after Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered that travelers from Louisiana and other parts of the nation to self-quarantine.
“Travelers will be asked to complete the travel form required under (Executive Order) GA-12,” a Texas DPS spokesperson declared in a statement. “It’s important for those entering Texas from Louisiana to be prepared to stop.”
These screenings are related to the Wuhan Virus pandemic and drivers are advised to exercise caution and stay alert for traffic congestion when driving west into Texas. Vehicles going through roadways crossing into Texas, which include interstates, are all subject to screening.
Authorities in Louisiana have posted warning signs so drivers about possible traffic congestion that the checkpoints could bring about.
Abbott revealed that the order does not pertain to travel connected to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.
Although normal travel is permitted on I-10 in southeast Texas and I-20 to the north, some crossings in east Texas are closed off to non-essential traffic. Law enforcement in Shelby and Sabine counties informed KLTV that a bridge across Toledo Bend Reservoir close to Many, Louisiana, and another bridge close Joaquin, Texas, were only accessible to commercial vehicles and essential travelers.
On top of the ground travel restrictions, Abbott said individuals traveling to Texas by plane from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, all California airports and all Washington state airports are also mandated to undergo a self-quarantine for 14 days.
In a previous announcement, Abbott said that anyone traveling to Texas by plane from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers from coming from the aforementioned areas must report their “quarantine location” in a form to DPS. Those who do not comply with the order will face a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.
Texas has been relatively sane on handling the Wuhan Virus.
Portland Experiences Over a 100% Increase in Shootings After Anti-Gun Violence Police Force is Disbanded
In July of 2020, the city of Portland experienced 15 homicides.
According to Portland police, this is the most killings the city has experienced in one month in over three decades.
So far in 2020, 24 people have died due to homicides in Portland.
Oregon Live reported that the most recent killing took place on July 28, 2020 when a 34-year-old woman was stabbed at a Northeast Portland home after coming back from a vigil mourning the death of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney, who was murdered in a shooting on July 29.
In July 2020, there have been 63 shootings, while there was 28 in July 2019 per a Police Bureau report.
Although homicides, assaults, burglaries and vandalism have increased this year compared to 2019, total person-to-person and property crimes have plummeted compared to previous years, according to the bureau’s report.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell said on July 30 that he’s very worried about the uptick in violence and is shifting officers from patrol units to the detective division in order to shore up follow-up investigations.
He also explained that the bureau had to cut its Gun Violence Reduction Team in accordance to new policy changes the City Council ushered in. The team, which counted on 34 members, was disbanded on July 1 in response to budget cuts to police units that have allegedly targeted a disproportionate number of blacks during routine traffic stops.
Like many cities in the country, Portland is starting to embrace leftist radicalism on matters of law enforcement by considering moves to defund the police.
Oregon is already one of the more anti-gun states in the country, so lawful individuals in Portland don’t have many options at their disposal for self-defense. With police being gutted, regular citizens have even fewer options at their disposal for security.
This has obviously not registered with political elites and represents why many Americans will likely leave cities in masse in search of jurisdictions that actually bother to provide basic law enforcement infrastructure.
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