The Vehicle as Terror Weapon: “These Tactics Represent The New Blueprint Among Terrorists For Causing Mayhem”

Friday, March 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

Joe Alton, MD
March 24th, 2017

This article was originally published by Joe Alton, MD at

Dr. Alton is the co-author of The Survival Medicine Handbook, an essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way.

In these days of Pokemon Go and other smartphone distractions, you’re seeing more and more people oblivious of their surroundings. In the past, this might get you a bump on the head by walking into a lamp post. In today’s world, however, it could cost you your life.

As an Anglophile, I have often visited London and walked from my hotel to parliament and other sites via the Westminster bridge. Today, on the anniversary of the terrorist attack in Belgium, someone used a vehicle to mow down pedestrians on the bridge and then, apparently, left the car to continue a rampage that has left a number of casualties in its wake.

The British authorities are just beginning to label the event a terrorist attack. I have little doubt of it. The Daily Caller has favored me by publishing some of my political articles, but my avocation is that of a disaster preparedness expert. In this uncertain world, I work to promote the development of a culture of situational awareness to avoid the possibility of becoming a victim of just such an attack.

Situational awareness involves understanding factors in your immediate vicinity that might represent a threat. I’m not talking about second-hand smoke; I’m talking about serious dangers that you can avoid with rapid action.

Vehicular terrorism is not new, with Israel the scene of multiple attacks in past years. It’s becoming more and more common in the West, however, with attacks in Nice, France on Bastille Day and in Berlin at a Christmas market. In the United States, a Somali student used his car to run over several people at Ohio State University and then perpetrated a knife attack on those who, ironically, ran over to see if he was injured. Many similar events rarely make the news.

Terror attacks are often associated with bombs, but making a bomb requires some expertise to assemble safely. Guns, the other preferred weapon, are difficult to come by in most countries other than the U.S. Owning or renting a vehicle, however, is easy. Trucks and cars can cause mass casualties if wielded as a weapon; obtaining one isn’t an act that evokes suspicion.

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