Transportation Officials Worry Southbound Border Checks Could Cause Traffic
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Cal Trans officials in San Diego are worried plans on both sides of the border to check vehicles headed south into Mexico could cause traffic jams on San Diego freeways. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced plans to screen vehicles headed south to Mexico.
She hasn't said when the program will start nor what it will entail.
Pedro Orzo Delgado directs Caltrans in San Diego.
He's worried the US plan could cause traffic on San Diego freeways.
And he says if Mexican officials move ahead with plans to screen cars on their side of the border, it could cause even longer waits to get into Mexico.
"It is all contingent on how it is implemented. But right now you have an average of 45 to 90 minute waits coming into the US. You could replicate that leaving," says Orzo Delgado.
Mexican customs officials were not available to comment.
Government leaders in both the US and Mexico say screening southbound cars is vital to find guns and money being smuggled south.
Amy Isackson, KPBS news.