The Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, Texas is deploying a fleet of brand-new Chevy Camaro “ghost cars,” which are equipped with subtle “ghost decal” graphics along the flanks intended to keep the vehicles unnoticed in traffic. The new Chevy Camaro police cars are also equipped with lights and and a siren that are hidden from view, without the traditional roof-mounted light bar.
Y’all be safe out there Harris County, Texas Sheriffs cars with “ghost” decals. pic.twitter.com/rpgYfOpK58
— Lil choo choo the TRI/UCKER 🦂🇹🇹🇺🇸 (@BruceAllmiighty) June 6, 2021
The new Chevy Camaro patrol cars were recently posted to Twitter. Per a recent report from the Houston Chronicle, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office states that the “ghost decals” are part of its “multi-pronged efforts to get dangerous drivers off our streets so that we might ultimately shed our region’s dubious distinction for having the nation’s deadliest roads.”
Among citizens, the reaction to these new undercover Chevy Camaro police cars has been mixed. Some have voiced support for the new cars, saying that they could result in more cautious driving among motorists uncertain if a police vehicle was nearby.
Others have expressed frustration, saying that the cars were nothing more than a means to bring in revenue, and that drivers would continue to drive recklessly without the presence of a clearly marked police vehicle. The subtle police markings could also lead to distrust among motorists uncertain if they are being pulled over by a legitimate police officer, or an imposter.
“When did police become a source of revenue? This whole ghost decal isn’t right in anyway. You’re hiding from the people you’re supposed to protect!” writes one critic in a post to social media.
The use of “ghost decals” is also somewhat questionable. If the aim is to make a police vehicle less visible in traffic, no markings whatsoever seem to make more sense, while the use of barely visible markings falls in some odd middle ground.
Nevertheless, the new Chevy Camaro patrol vehicles are now in service on Houston roads.