California Highway Patrol has set up truck inspection points
near the Golden Gate and Bay bridges over the weekend as
part of stepped up security in the area.
Wright, public affairs officer at the CHP’s Golden Gate Division
in the San Francisco Bay area, confirmed that the effort
was not in response to any threat against the bridges, which
connect San Francisco to other parts of the state to the
north and east. Another CHP spokesman told the Bay City News
the inspections were part of overall security efforts ordered
by the state’s governor, Gray Davis.
never received anything specific,” Wright said. “This is
just our response to the heightened alert coming from the
said the patrol would not identify how long the inspections
would continue or when the inspection points would be active,
in part so anyone intent on causing damage to the bridges
would not know at what times the bridges would be free from
trying to use the element of surprise,” Wright said.
this point, the effort is only targeting trucks, box trucks,
vans and other commercial vehicles. But it could expand at
any time if a threat is perceived.
constantly have roving patrols stopping any kind of vehicle
that seems suspicious,” Wright said. “But as far as these
static checkpoints, only commercial (vehicles will be inspected).”
past week has seen an overall tightening of security as the
Bush administration raised the nation’s level of terrorist
alert to “orange,” or high risk.
were warned last week to allow additional time at several
border crossings with Canada – such as Fort Erie, Niagara
Falls and Windsor – because of inspections ordered recently
are expected to take on a more intense nature.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor