PIPD instates checkpoint to enforce county shelter-in-place order

By Gaige Davila

Port Isabel Police Department (PIPD) will begin a check point stop at 2:00 p.m. today, stopping traffic from Texas Hwy. 100 and Texas Hwy. 48.

The check point will be acting daily, with no end date declared by PIPD.

PIPD Chief Robert Lopez said the department was waiting for an approval from the Texas Department of Transportation to establish a checkpoint stop. The approval was granted today.

Previous checkpoint-esque stops on March 30 and March 31, Lopez said, were done to hand out flyers listing shelter-in-place order restrictions.

This checkpoint, however, has been instated to ask drivers where they are going and why. Lopez said the department believes there are people from “out of town” coming to the area and wants to limit the amount of traffic coming to Port Isabel and South Padre Island.

South Padre Island Police Department instituted a similar checkpoint, on April 3, at the base of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway.


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    • Dianna Hale on April 10, 2020 at 8:11 am
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    Why are 2 people who already live together required to wear face masks inside the vehicle? This is a challenging tasks when dealing with a family member who suffers from dementia or other mental disability.

    • Dan Erwin on April 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm
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    I live on South Padre Island but also have a place in Brownsville to stay during the weekdays to avoid driving. I was stopped by them today and they refused to allow to to go home even after I showed them proof of my residence on SPI. However they let drivers through with tags from Nuevo León and Tamaulipas go by as I was parked trying to reason with them. I asked the name of the person in charge who gave me his “name”. I just found out that there is no one with his last “name” employed by the Port Isabel PD
    They clearly have a selective enforcement policy. Do you really think they are making people turn away and drive all the way back to Monterey tonight?

    • Brian on April 20, 2020 at 11:19 pm
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    Port Isabel Police Department is corrupt as hell!
    Thanks God I moved out of that Sh!t Hole 15 years ago!

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