Bus searches in the Live Free Or Die! state.


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WonderNine
July 12, 2004, 01:19 AM
Security Increased In Preparation For DNC
July 7, 2004/ WMUR

LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Airline passengers go through security searches, and now, so do some bus passengers.

Police in Londonderry started random searches of bus riders headed from New ampshire to Boston Wednesday morning. Specially trained dogs were used to search luggage and passengers for explosives.

The searches are in preparation for the Democratic National Convention to be held at the end of the month in Boston. Random searches will be conducted on all buses that pass through the Park and Ride lots.

"The bottom line is that when you purchase a ticket on the bus, you consent to having your belongings searched, but we're looking to have this be a very cooperative venture," Londonderry police Capt. Bill Hart said.

Concord Trailways said it has concerns about the impact on the schedule, but officials said passengers seem to appreciate the extra security.

"I think it's going to make them feel safer," Concord Trailways Vice President Ken Hunter said. "They wouldn't want to have it done every day, but having it done randomly is what they're looking for."

Passengers Wednesday morning had no complaints about the searches, but some were concerned about the potential impact on the schedule.

"The thing is, they're going to have to change a lot of the bus schedules to be here a lot earlier," commuter Carl Fields said.

Bus officials said any delays would be worth the extra security.

"In today's day and age and the way the world is going, I don't think we can take enough precautions," Hunter said.

The impact Wednesday morning appeared to be minimal. A bus scheduled to leave at 7 a.m. departed at 7:03 a.m.

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Pilgrim
July 12, 2004, 01:57 AM
"The bottom line is that when you purchase a ticket on the bus, you consent to having your belongings searched, but we're looking to have this be a very cooperative venture," Londonderry police Capt. Bill Hart said.

I may have missed something since I emerged from hibernation. When was the enabling legislation for this passed?

Pilgrim

WonderNine
July 12, 2004, 02:01 AM
It's always in the fine print that nobody reads.

NukemJim
July 12, 2004, 06:59 AM
The same legislation also allows for searches on trains IIRC.

NukemJim

The R Hawkeye
July 12, 2004, 09:15 AM
Wow! I guess the police state is really here. I honestly had no idea. Random searches are legal now? I guess I thought that the airline thing was a completely unique case, and was willing to live with it so long as it didn't intrude into other aspects of my daily life. Scary stuff, folks. Am I the only one who thinks so? :uhoh:

dev_null
July 12, 2004, 09:49 AM
"I think it's going to make them feel safer," Concord Trailways Vice President Ken Hunter said.
:rolleyes:

Oleg Volk
July 12, 2004, 10:25 AM
Yet another reason for not supporting government-run public transportation -- your taxes subsidize it but you have almost no way to influence their policy.

sch40
July 12, 2004, 11:42 AM
your taxes subsidize it but you have almost no way to influence their policy So true.
I've never understood the cry of socialists (or near-socialists) that say people have more influence on governments than they do on corporations/free market. After all, the government doesn't even have to really listen to your vote if it doesn't want to. A corporation can't ignore a lack of customers.

Devonai
July 12, 2004, 08:06 PM
:what:

My opinion of my local PD just went down a notch.

:fire:

Standing Wolf
July 12, 2004, 09:20 PM
"The bottom line is that when you purchase a ticket on the bus, you consent to having your belongings searched, but we're looking to have this be a very cooperative venture," Londonderry police Capt. Bill Hart said.

Well, yeah, but we're not a police state.

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