Drug-related violence up; fleet cargo easy payload for criminals
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.
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
- 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
Truck drivers witnessing potential criminal activities should contact Highway ISAC’s First Observer program at 888-217-5902.
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