Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit has slowed significantly since the
U.S. started its attack on Iraq, The Detroit News reported
volume of traffic is down at the bridge, additional security measures
are slowing what traffic is there, the newspaper reported. Much
of the delay is being caused by a lack of preparation on the part
of those crossing the border, and officials were encouraging drivers
to bring passports, photo IDs or birth certificates to help speed
are also seeing longer delays, The News reported, because
they are now required to have visas to cross the border into the
United States; many of the truckers do not have the documents
when they arrive at the Ambassador Bridge.
in traffic had been a point of concern before the war began. The
British Columbia trucking industry said last week they were worried
war in Iraq would cause long delays at border crossings.
Courtney, spokesman for the U.S. Homeland Security Department,
had said in press reports that war would mean "higher and
tighter" border security.
still try to facilitate traffic flow and people through the borders,
for commerce and trade and visitation," he said. "But
we are going to have to remain vigilant and essentially be more
alert as to who and what's coming through the borders."
News said the slowdowns were more a result of the orange terrorism
alert instituted the evening of March 17 than the war.