Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, July 8, 1999


Facilities will ease traffic congestion along the border and make Texas roads safer

PHARR - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today toured the Pharr Inspection Facility of the Pharr International Bridge and pledged to bring one stop inspection facilities to border communities.

"One stop inspection facilities will improve the quality of life along the border," said Attorney General John Cornyn. "I pledge to bring these facilities and the many benefits they bring to local communities."

One stop inspection facilities will be sites along the US-Mexico border where federal and state agencies inspect commercial trucks in one place. By inspecting at one central site, this cooperation between agencies will allow for greater efficiency in moving trucks across the border and for a more thorough inspection of these trucks. Some of the agencies involved include US Customs, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, US Department of Transportation, Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Comptroller, and US Department of Agriculture, among others.

"In efficiently moving and inspecting trucks as they cross the border, the one stop inspection facilities will reduce traffic, remove dangerous trucks, and make our roads safer," said Cornyn.

Senate Bill 913 which was recently signed into law by Governor Bush creates one stop inspection sites in Laredo, Brownsville, and El Paso. The Attorney General's office has already facilitated a conference between all agencies involved and will assist in coordinating the federal and state agencies to ensure these facilities come to the border communities.

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