Well, Atlanta residents and truckers… the Super Bowl is coming to town. And what does that mean? While there will be more fun, commotion, and excitement in the city, there will also be added Super Bowl security.
And, truckers are facing a lot of it this week. Before making any deliveries to the Georgia World Congress Center or Mercedes Benz Stadium, trucks have to pass through US Customs and Border Protection officers.
In fact, the CBP brought in officers and x-ray equipment over from Savannah and Norfolk. They are using this to inspect the commercial vehicles coming into the venue areas. Usually, this equipment is used to inspect commercial vehicles entering the US from other countries.
However, this week – it doesn’t matter where the trucks come from. All trucks must go through inspections before pulling into the venues. Security wants to be extra sure that no one is hiding weapons or explosives inside any trucks. And, for good reason. The event draws hundreds of thousands (or more) people to the city.
Therefore, Don Yando, the Director of Field Operations for the CBP’s office in Atlanta, stated: “It’s critical that we know what vehicles are entering the venues. Our officers are looking for anomalies.”
Once officers clear the trucks, police officers escort them into the venue. This is to make sure that no one tampers with the vehicles before it officially arrives. Apparently, the CBP officers are scanning about 200 trucks per day!
While this may seem a bit excessive, with the Super Bowl being such a large event, precaution is necessary. Last year, in Minneapolis, about 1,300 trucks passed through inspection. So, if you have any trucking loads going through this area, prepare for the extra Super Bowl security and possible delays.