police cars popular among residents in Appalachia are causing so
many drivers to tap their brakes that they have earned a nickname
from truckers: “Hillbilly Cadillacs,” The Associated Press reported
cars, mostly Crown Victorias, can sell for as little as $2,000 at
auctions. The news service said the market in Magoffin County, KY,
near the West Virginia border, is flooded with the used police vehicles.
Economic difficulties in the region have accelerated the demand
for the relatively inexpensive cars.
that’s a concern for some. A number of officials across the country
have raised concerns about the Crown Victorias, centered on the
car’s fuel tank and the likelihood, they say, that it will leak
and possible lead to a fire in a rear-end collision. Ford, the car’s
maker, has disputed the safety concern.
Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Newton was in a Crown Victoria during
a traffic stop when his vehicle was struck from behind by a small
straight truck, triggering a fire that killed the trooper. It is
one of several law-enforcement accidents related to the alleged
defect in the cars.