Motorists Cope With Pre-9/11 Security Checkpoints Across NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Security checkpoints in place at bridges, tunnels and other sensitive locations across the Big Apple are making driving a chore, but motorists say they’re choosing safety over convenience.

“They’re doing a good job for the people to be safe. You know, we live in a dangerous world, never know what going to happen,” truck driver Arthur Sarkasian told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello on Friday.

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Police used license plate readers to search for suspect vehicles, sending patrol data back to the counter-terrorism center in Lower Manhattan, where security officers and high-tech computers monitor hundreds of camera feeds for possible threats.

“They need it. You got to do it. You got to do it,” another driver said.

On the West Side Highway, three lanes of southbound traffic were funneled into one at Canal Street so police could check vehicles for suspicious items and activity.

“Of course it’s an inconvenience, but it has to be done,” one driver said.

“I’d rather be safe than sorry,” another added.

The heightened security is in response to intelligence suggesting al Qaeda plans to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by detonating car bombs on bridges and in tunnels.

At Penn Station, Transportation Security Administration agents set up shop with explosive-detection equipment. Bags were swiped and samples were analyzed right on the spot.

Guardsmen were also on patrol at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and checking the air for traces of biological and chemical weapons.

In the subway station below, some riders waiting for trains were more nervous than others.

“I feel a lot of anxiety. I was on the R train, I started to feel a little nervous, I got off,” said Sandy Crawford of Bay Ridge. “If I see something, I’m calling.”

Do you think the checkpoints are an overreaction? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • richard Allen

    I think its all HYPE and waste of taxpayers money becuse they are tageting everybody…when its only MUSLIMS that want us dead.

    Sad we have NO GUTS to admit this……..

  • 911_fool

    RIP to the dead victims. To the living proletariat,
    have a Happy September Fools Day!

  • Very conservative

    Everyone can thank their local liberals for 9/11 happening and this subsequent police state that we forever now have to live in.

  • Meme Meyagi

    there are 7 million mooslime terrorists inside usa, what is being done about it?

  • Gene

    People always critize when it comes to security. The same oeople critize lack of security when something happens and try to blame others. It is a balancing act- security vs inconvenience. Wake up the threat is out there. The media doesn’t have all the facts. If they did, so would the bad guys.

  • google this

    bin laden was frozen,


    Red Alert: Government Had Osama bin Laden Frozen for Years

  • Instant Karma

    Hey Bloomberg and Kelly, Let that dog sniff your mother’s crotches, because that is where our problem originated, and don’t think the American people will not bring all of you true terrorists to a fair and balanced court of law “Justice” someday, your Karma will always follow you, like ichman like our great president eisenhower warned us of the ” military industrial complex” I Like iche

  • p8nt

    This so-called war on terror is the same as the so-called war on drugs. Honestly if the government wanted to curb both, they can. But, why would they, when all the hoopla and fear mongering helps to keep the DOD and DOJ very well funded. Politicians getting their share of “pocket-money.” They go on the media to stir up people, then later on say how they kept people safe. IF something does happen, then they go an stir up more people to “justify” the need for more funding. All the while, you have the men and women of the military placing their lives in unnecessary risk so some politician and general can sit around watching the money pour in. Sickening.

  • Mike Shaner

    I think my question to progressives at this point would be: Is it more important to save lives, end the wars, end the torture, and bring the troops home….or is that secondary to economic policy and the so called safety net?

  • Joe

    Overreaction, underreaction. There is only one question. And that is: Does the specific police intrusion du jure meet existing Constitutional protections against abuse by government of power? If no, then dump the procedure. If yes, then dump New York City from one’s travel plans. I, for one, will NOT yield one scintilla of my freedoms to a rapacious government that glories in blaming its own excess upon “The War on Terrorism”. It is supremely ironic that the murder of 3000 people by a madman is used by OUR government to oppress 280 MILLION Americans. Spend WHATEVER it takes to find Al Queda’s leaders and torture them slowly to death in public as a warning to all others: Mess with the US and you get dead.

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