is putting trucks under extra scrutiny because of the orange terror
alert issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Stamford Advocate reported March 20.
alert followed President Bush’s message to the nation Monday in
which he issued an ultimatum to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to
leave his country in 48 hours. The U.S. military started its campaign
against Iraq Wednesday, March 19.
Rowland ordered the inspections as part of series of increased
security measures across the state, including restricting access
near nuclear power plants.
members of the truck squad have a lot of expertise and know what
fits and doesn't fit and know what they're looking for,"
Sgt. J. Paul Vance, spokesman for the state Department of Public
Safety, told the newspaper.
inspections will continue at weigh stations in Greenwich, Danbury,
Middletown, Waterford and Union as long as the alert level remains
high. Truckers contacted by the newspaper indicated the additional
inspections were not slowing deliveries at this point.