Billion $ Border Delays, Cell Phone Distraction Under Reported
Border delays cost billions
Traffic growth at the border continues to outgrow infrastructure at the US-Mexico ports of entry. Most discussions regarding the border these days center around immigration reform, and thereby, so too does most of the border budget.
“Delays at US-Mexico border crossings cost the U.S. economy $7.8 billion in 2011,” says a recent Bloomberg article based on recent data compiled by Bloomberg. The report estimates that border delays could cost as much as $15 billion annually by 2020.
A 2,000 year military history of protecting land borders more than amply illustrates the folly of directing all resources at attempts to “secure” the entire border. Just a fraction of the amount spent on fence-protecting efforts would go a long way toward increasing the efficiency of border crossings, including much needed transborder trade.
Mobile device distraction-caused crashes are under reported
Not that it’s likely to come as a surprise to truckers, but a recent report from the National Safety Council (NSC) found that car crashes caused by cell phone distraction are “vastly underreported.” In a review of 180 crashes where evidence indicated a driver was using a cell phone, barely half were coded in NHTSA’s database as involving cell phone use.
An eWeek article detailing the NSC findings cites inconsistency in crash reporting from state to state as one major issue. “For instance, in 2011, Tennessee reported 93 fatal crashes that involved cell phone use, but New York, a state with a much larger population, reported only one. Texas reported 40, but its neighboring state Louisiana reported none,” said eWeek reporter Nathan Eddy.