TSA Warns Truckers Entering Mexico

Apr 06, 2009

Drug-related violence up; fleet cargo easy payload for criminals

Safe drinking water is no longer the biggest health concern for fleet drivers who enter Mexico on business. There could be far more serious danger ahead, according to The Transportation Security Administration.

TodaysTrucking.com
posted a TSA press release alerting truckers who drive south of the border to be extremely careful with drug-related violence skyrocketing throughout the area.

There have been more than 200 American slayings since 2004, along with spikes in robberies, carjackings, kidnappings, and thefts, according to the site.

“Truck drivers may face an elevated risk of being a crime victim as their loads represent a potentially easy payoff for criminals,” said Don L. Rondeau, director of TCA’s Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center. “We’re strongly urging … trucking companies and owner-operators to exercise extreme caution when making deliveries or pick-ups along the Mexican border.”

TSA’s Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) issued these precautionary guidelines for drivers with border-region routes:

  • Report in with operations headquarters or dispatchers at every scheduled or non-scheduled stop and give detailed location and next destination information.
  • Establish a duress code that allows the driver to effectively communicate potential problems in the presence of potential criminals.
  • Avoid driving on unsafe roads and stick to the toll roads whenever possible.
  • Check with cell phone providers prior to departure to ensure that the driver’s cell phone is capable of roaming on GSM or 3G international networks.

Truck drivers witnessing potential criminal activities should contact Highway ISAC’s First Observer program at 888-217-5902.

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