The highway environment in 2001, prior to the events of September 11, was a highway system with mixed traffic, an increasing number of vehicles and drivers, and an increasing number of shipments of freight in interstate and intrastate operations. This article provides a general overview of the physical infrastructure aspects, and a more extensive discussion of traffic operations and hazardous materials in commercial vehicles. While presenting a succinct summary of security as it presently relates to the highway system, it also asks what more can and must be done to secure our open highway system and prevent future terrorist acts against the infrastructure, or the commandeering of hazmat transported by motor carriers. An additional focus is placed on the significant role the public has to play in protecting against terrorist acts on the country's highways. Some vital components for a national security plan include maintaining vigilance and awareness of surroundings, and reporting suspicious activities near or around bridges, tunnels and other facilities.

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    Blackwell Publishing

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    Malden, MA  United States  02148
  • Authors:
    • Field, M A
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 317-328
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  • Accession Number: 00989613
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 23 2005 12:00AM