Local Traffic Flow Decreasing at Port of Entries
POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2009 - 7:14am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
Mexican health authorities say they have confirmed 300 swine flu cases and that's out of a total of 679 tests.
Meanwhile, traffic flow at three U.S. ports of entry in the Cameron county are already dropping because of the economy, but with the swine flu scare, the numbers are taking an even bigger plunge. From 6am to 10am on Thursday morning, Los Indios International bridge had accounted for 155 cars crossing over, 543 cars crossing over at the Gateway International bridge, and 502 cars crossing at the Veteran's International bridge.
Officials say in just those 4 hours they saw a 10% decrease in traffic flow at those Cameron county port of entries, but what's more alarming is the number of pedestrians who did not cross over. At the Gateway International bridge, only 372 pedestrians entered the U.S. on any given day. Officials expect around 600 and that amounts to a 38% decrease, but those who do cross say they are taking precautions.
President Obama says he will not close the borders saying it would be like closing the barn door after the horses are out.