Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.

After those insane attacks in France and Berlin that involve terrorist plowing into crowds with large trucks, the City of New York isn’t playing around when it comes to safety on New Year’s Eve. This year, those celebrating in times square will find every roadway leading up to the iconic area blocked off by dump trucks that are filled to the brim with sand – each one weighing close to 30 ton. It’s not the first time this tactic has been used, as those who live in the area will probably remember a similar security strategy being use during the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and to protect Trump tower after the 2016 election results came in.

A total of 65 salt-spreading trucks will be used out of a fleet to comes close to topping 700, but they will be sharing duty along with 7,000 NYPD officers. Talking to the NY Times,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said, "We’re going to have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world, given all the assets that we’ve employed here. And. all of this will ensure that New York City has yet another safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve celebration, as we do every year."

It should be noted that there has been no word of terrorist threats to New York for this year’s celebration, so when you see them blocking the road this year, you can rest assured knowing that they are there as a precautionary measure. And, should some terrorist faction try to ruin the celebration this year, these heavy-duty trucks are said to be capable of preventing attack by truck and are even strong enough to absorb the blast and shrapnel from bombs, if one happens to be set off. At least all of those in the area can rest assured that they are as safe as possible this year.

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Why it Matters

It’s so sad that we live in a world where we have to go to this kind of extent to protect the people of this great nation. But, at least we live in a time where we have equipment, public servants, and technology in place that can help prevent us from falling victim to repulsive attacks like those that have been executed against the people of Berlin and France. In the end, the move to use these creative tactics to protect those celebrating this year speaks volumes for the fact that we refuse to let the fear of terrorism stop us from enjoying life and participating in tradition. Let’s all hope that this year’s celebration in New York is uneventful and everyone makes it home, but if something does go down, those in the area will be more protected than ever. A special shout out to the 7,000 men and women of the NYPD who will be on scene this weekend to offer support and protection. Happy New Year, everyone!

Source: NY Times

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