Highway Patrol has stepped up its oversight of commercial drivers
since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Deseret News reports.
About 2,000 more trucks have been pulled over for inspections
this year than in the same period, July 1 to June 30, of last
of the things that happened after September 11, they were concerned
that some of these terrorists might get control of hazardous materials.
That could be a load of (fuel) or something as simple as a truck
that's carrying household chemicals that could cause damage if
mixed with other things," said UHP Col. Scott Duncan.
Of the five
types of inspections performed, the largest increase since last
year's attacks is "driver only" inspections, according
to the newspaper. Since last September, the patrol's Vehicle Safety
Inspection unit has trained 11 additional troopers, increasing
the unit to 35 troopers.
None of the
state's inspections, however, have led to information about terrorists.
Still, Duncan says the inspections help national security because
each truck pulled over is entered into the Inspection Selection
System, a national database law enforcement officials can access
to collect information on potential terrorists.