Transportation security has become a national concern as terrorists attempt to evade detection in the US.
Here are some of the top security tips for Denver and surrounding communities.
Know the rules.
Denver Transportation Security officers will conduct a background check for anyone seeking to travel.
You’ll need to present your driver’s license, passport, and insurance card when checking in at the checkpoint.
Bring a driver’s licence and passport.
The Denver Transportation Department has a new website that will allow anyone with a valid driver’s card to obtain a driver license or a passport.
You can check the website at http://dtw.denver.gov/drivers.
Make sure you don’t have a criminal record.
Anyone with a criminal conviction can apply for a driver permit in Denver.
You must complete a criminal history background check, and a police officer will verify your criminal record before issuing your driver permit.
Bring your own ID.
While it is legal to carry a gun, the city of Denver prohibits anyone from carrying a weapon on city buses, trains, and public transportation.
If you’re unsure of your right to carry in Denver, you can request a waiver at the Denver Department of Transportation office.
Use public transportation at least three times per day.
Denver’s public transportation system is designed to help people avoid the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
There are three bus routes that run through the city.
These routes run in two major directions, the northbound and southbound.
The northbound route is between the Westwood Mall and Union Station, while the southbound route runs from the Broadway Mall to the North Park Mall.
If the city decides to build a new transit system, Denver Transit will have the ability to expand service.
To avoid getting pulled over, always make sure to use public transportation during your trip to avoid being pulled over.
Make your own arrangements.
Denver is home to more than 4,000 hotels and resorts, so booking rooms at those locations is an easy way to get home.
The hotel industry is booming.
If booking rooms is difficult, there are several online booking sites that will help you secure your spot.
Bring snacks, water, and food to the airport.
While public transportation in Denver is generally free, there is an additional fee of $5 per person for transportation to and from the airport and the airport’s charter flights.
Don’t drink and drive.
Denver drivers can get a DUI checkpoint pass if they pass a field sobriety test.
However, it is recommended that you avoid driving when you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher.
Make extra arrangements for your pets.
There is a $30 per day fee for pet care services at Denver Animal Services, which is a part of the Denver Public Health Department.
Denver Animal Care and Control has additional locations in downtown Denver and other areas of the city, and Pet Friendly Denver offers an online reservation system.
Avoid traveling on public transportation on weekend nights.
Public transportation in the Denver area is typically less crowded on weekends than on weekdays.
During peak travel times, the Denver Airport and Denver Downtown Area have limited service on weekends and weekdays and are usually crowded.
Be prepared for some long waits.
In the event that you cannot secure a bus or train reservation at the airport or the airport charter flights, it’s recommended that a wait-time of no more than one hour be left for your pet to be placed on a private pet carrier.
Be aware of other travelers.
Denver Transit has been known to hold buses and trains at various locations, so if you plan on using public transportation outside of the airport, make sure you get the information and directions from the city about the travel routes.