Trucks subject of security scrutiny in Connecticut

| 3/21/2003

Connecticut 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.

The orange 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.

Gov. John Rowland ordered the inspections as part of series of increased security measures across the state, including restricting access near nuclear power plants.

"The 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.

Around-the-clock 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.