Obviously, residential fencing is not meant to keep cars from crashing through homeowners’ yards. House fences make yards more private, add curb appeal, improve property value, and — sure — add some home protection by making it harder for burglars to break in, but they’re not meant to stop a car. Yet, you’d be surprised how often cars smash through wooden fences. It happens a lot more than you might think.
Here are just a few of the most recent incidents.
Oklahoma Woman Crashes Through Airport Fence
On March 18, 2015, Tulsa International Airport confirmed that Alexis Higgins crashed through two of its metal fences. There was no major damage to any other property, and there have been no reports as to the driver’s condition… nor why she did it.
Texas Man Crashes Ambulance Through Fence
On March 16, 2015, a man in Texas was arrested after police reported that he commandeered an ambulance with a knife, drove it at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, and then crashed through someone’s fence. After the crash, he ran off, but was later apprehended.
British Army Crashes Tank Through Elderly Couple’s Garden Fence
Last but far from least, the British army accidentally crashed through an elderly, German couple’s wooden fences last February. The army reported that the cause of the incident was due to a mechanical error. No one was hurt — unless you count the couple’s wooden fences and the shrubs it ran over.
When people build metal or wooden fences, they’re not building them to protect their homes from errant vehicles. Just ask the U.S. zoning committee experts, who agree that between 80 and 90% of all fence applications are for privacy fences, meant to, well, make yards more private.
However, these things do happen on a surprisingly more frequent basis than one might assume. Luckily, if someone were to ever crash through your wooden fences, you should have no problem finding someone to fix it up for you, as the U.S. fence industry employs more than 270,000 people.