Iowa truck drivers are being trained to help sniff out possible terrorists. The Iowa Motor Truck Association hopes to recruit as many as six-thousand volunteers who will be helping watch over the state’s roadways, according to association president Scott Weiser.) Weiser says it brings more eyes and ears to the road, supplementing the work of the Highway Patrol, Homeland Security and other officials, to identify suspicious activities. He says the truckers, and others, are being trained in sessions across the state via the Iowa Communications Network on the sorts of things they need to be watching out for — and how to go about reporting their suspicions to the authorities. A big training session was held on the I-C-N last week and another one will be held later this month. They run about three hours. Weiser says the truck drivers spend most of their day on the road and are the perfect volunteer recruits for the project. They’d be looking for suspicious activity around various facilities, bridges and other strategic locations, suspicious people who might be following trucks or taking pictures — any number of things. The next training session is scheduled for January 22nd. Call the Iowa Motor Truck Association for more information at (515) 244-5193.
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