Truck tracking expected to boost safety at border

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WINDSOR, Ont. — In an effort to quell terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has awarded a Detroit firm a US$135,000 grant to develop a system to identify and track trucks approaching the border.

The goal is to prevent trucks carrying dangerous goods from illegally crossing the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry Inc. will develop and test the tracking database system on trucks carrying hazardous materials that are banned from the bridge and tunnel. The database will document truckers’ commercial driver’s licence information, their cargo invoices, previous crossings and data on the truck’s registration.

If the system proves successful, it could be expanded to all trucks and all 147 land-border crossings nationwide, making it easier to spot suspicious, potentially explosive-laden rigs terrorists might use to attack U.S. targets.

The company expects to begin a trial run of the system by September.

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