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03/24/04

Truckers to Aid Homeland Security

It might be the newest line of defense in Homeland Security. The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its Highway Watch security training program, meaning truck drivers are now asked to report anything suspicious they see on their routes to law enforcement.

Many truck drivers will now be called the Transportation Army. As of yesterday, the TSA of the Department of Homeland Security has entered a $19.3 million agreement with the American Trucking Association. It's all part of expanding its Highway Watch security training and awareness program.

Truckers and many others are being asked to report anything suspicious they see on the roads to law enforcement.

Trucker Eric Hinderer says he always considered that part of his job. "If we see someone in distress, we see a problem or see something that's wrong, being an American, I would report it anyway," he said. "There are a lot of truckers on the road and those eyes and ears could be useful if they are on the road anyway, if they can help."

This new Transportation Army will include 400,000 truckers, school bus fleets, toll booth operators and other national organizations representing the highway sector.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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