The Original Road Spike
Protect your personnel with The Safest Tire Deflation System Available
Protecting Police, Property and the Public, from the dangers of high-speed pursuits.
There's an all to familiar story which thousands of officers and deputies have faced on the roads over the years.
Your getting ready to help stop a high-speed pursuit, unprotected, on the side of the road, waiting...
Picture this. You received the call. You pulled your cruiser off to the side of the road. As you open the trunk you recall the headline "Two more killed deploying spike strips". Or "Officers’ Deaths Revive Concerns Over Dangers of Spike Strips". In the back of your mind are the stories of suspects intentionally hitting officers deploying spikes.
Yet, its your duty. You have to do your job and stop some crazy before he kills some pedestrian. So, there you are, on the side of the road. Cars are whizzing by you at 60, 65, 70 mph. Then you see the lights. Here comes the crazy driving 80-90 100 mph, straight at where you are standing, unprotected, on the side of the road. Your heart is beating so hard you are sure someone could see your badge move. Now you have to try and time throwing spike strips out in front of this car. Too early and you may hit another car, or they may go around. Too late and you may miss them and hit the pursuit cruiser behind him.
Even if you time it perfectly, you still have to pull these razor sharp spikes back, straight at your position. You can only hope the strip doesn't get tangled, or hit by another car sending these razor sharp spike straight at your position. Or maybe you pull too hard and it come flying at you and cuts you up.
Fixed spike strips put you, or your officers, in danger. Unprotected officers standing on the side of the road, other cars, the target car, and even the strip itself all present a possible danger.
There is a better way, it's the original Road Spike.
As opposed to spike strips, the Road Spike can be pre-deployed. This permits you or your officers to roll out the Road spike at any time before the suspect arrives. The spikes are recessed in each pad and normally down. Therefore other vehicles can run over a deployed, inactivated Road Spike unharmed. You, or your officers, can deploy it at any time, and wait for the suspect to come to you.
"All while being removed from the side of the road."
Pre-deploying eliminates the danger of having to time throwing the unit, and the risk of hitting collateral vehicles. This is certainly one risk you and your officers will never again have to deal with when you buy a Road Spike. Yet, the most noteworthy feature of the Road Spike is the elimination of the most significant danger to officers. Obviously this is the suspect veering off, intentionally or unintentionally, and hitting the deploying officer. To see a demonstration of the Roadspike in action, click on the video under "RoadSpike" in the drop down menu above, or click here.
The Deploying Officer's Position using the RoadSpike vs Fixed Spike Systems
With fixed spike systems your officer has to stand on the side of the road and try to time throwing a fixed spike system in front of the target vehicle. The intent of the driver is unknown as he/she drives at your officer's position at 100 mph or more. Later, some suspects have stated they knew they were about to get caught, and then purposefully targeted the deploying officer. This officer is standing on the side of the road, unprotected and in plain sight.
Sometimes an officer can be in danger even if the driver of the target vehicle wasn't intending to hit the officer, but veered as a reaction to seeing something thrown in front of their car while being chased.
Either way, being on the side of the road endangers your officers.
Since the Roadspike is pre-deployed there is nothing to alert someone with intent, nor startle someone who wouldn't target an officer. As your suspect is driving and sees cars
ahead drive over the RoadSpike unharmed, there is nothing for him/her to worry about as they approach.
As you can see from the graphic above this officer used his car to divert the target to the opposite lane. Using the standard 18' cable, the officer is no longer right next to the target car, but several feet off the road completely. The optional 36' cable makes it easy to be completely out of the line of sight. Either cable affords the office the ability to use their car, a tree, or any other barrier as protection.
No more spikes flying back at you.
Stopping unnecessary deaths is the primary goal. But there are also a lot of injuries which can be avoided. With fixed spike strips, once the suspect is gone by, the deploying officer must yank, and pull as fast as possible, the strip back off the road. If not, you could spike civilian cars passing by, or even another police cruiser giving chase to the suspect. You therefore have this strip of exposed razor sharp spikes which you are pulling straight back at you! As you pull with all your might, you can only hope that a passing car doesn't hit it and send it flying. Leaving the fixed spike strips on the road isn't an option, as they would flatten all the cars following, and the other police cruisers.
Again, the Road Spike is a better option.
With the Road Spike, once the suspect's vehicle drives over the spikes, just release the handle, and the spring activation in the unit will rotate the spikes back into the pad. The spikes will be recessed and of no danger to other vehicles. You can leave the Road Spike on the road, as you get in your cruiser and help your fellow officers as the suspect car in forced on it's rims. After the suspect is safely in a car heading back for booking, then you can go back and retrieve the Road Spike.
Controlled Rate of Deflation.
You may be wondering what impact the spikes have on the suspects tires. The spikes used in the Road Spike are specifically designed to allow for a controlled rate of deflation. The air will slowly, but surely, be let out of the tires. Slow enough that even at 100 mph, the deflation of the tires is slow enough not to cause the vehicle to become unstable. But fast enough that the chase is ended.
The Tragic Statistics:
- The FBI did a study and originally found from 1996 to 2011 26 officers lost their lives while deploying fixed spike systems.
- On average, 2 officers loose their lives this way every year.
- Bluesheepdog.com reported that in 2017, 4 officers died deploying fixed spikes.
- It is estimated from 1996 to the present, 41 officers have passed.
- Unknown hundreds are injured, on top of this. One officer lost his leg.
- A 2015 USA Today article reported that from 1979 to 2013, 139 officers were killed during, or as a result of a high-speed pursuit.
- Over this same time period, more than 5000 passengers and bystanders also lost their lives as a result of high-speed pursuits. And "tens of thousands" were injured.
- The courts are starting to hold departments liable
- All this has left departments having to decide if they will engage a high-speed pursuit or not engage and allow the suspect to endanger the public at large.
This is why we brought back the RoadSpike, the safest tire deflation system, for you, your officers, and the public.
Why we are passionate about the Road Spike.
The following is an excerpt from the "ABOUT" page. Please click on the link or the top menu to learn more.
…"Bill spent most of his life knowing full well what it is like to be a family member of a police officer. He grew up as a little boy with the sick feeling in his gut if his father was late returning from his shift and an unexpected phone call or knock on the door came. Bill grew up with that fear family members keep deep down. So, when he had a chance to try and stop that knock on the door, that unexpected phone call, it became a passion for him personally."