The trucking industry wants to do its part to fight terrorism. Industry officials Monday announced plans to recruit some three million drivers to be on the lookout for any suspicious activities while they are traveling the nations roads.
There is a growing fear in this country a future terrorist attack, might involve chemical or biological weapons. Those weapons just might be brought in on a truck.
So, why not ask our nations millions of truckers to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
Trucker Joseph Williams says he would be glad to help. "We are out there all the time, just like a police officer, riding the road," says Williams, "so nine times out of ten we see something just like they will." Virtually every day, there are millions of drivers on the road, now, the industry wants to train some drivers to know what to look for, but how much would that help?
Truck driver Danny Cochran of Texas, says he is skeptical of just how practical the idea might be. Cochran says, " I think it's a good idea, but I don't think it would be very effective, honestly. The time lapse between seeing something suspicious and how long it would take to do anything, would just be too long."
But, most of those we spoke with during a brief stop at William's Truck Stop in Biloxi feel the idea is worth a try. The trucking industry plans on making a 1-800 number available for truckers to call if they suspect any suspicious.