Indy 500 security to be tightened

May 3, 2011

Those attending this year’s Indianapolis 500 should expect to see random vehicle checkpoints as part of a heightened security presence in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Marion County Public Safety Director Frank Straub said local, state, federal and Indianapolis Motor Speedway authorities are already talking about measures needed to assure that the crowd of about 250,000 people will be safe while enjoying the May 29 race. Among the measures: radiation detectors, license plate readers and the federal government's "See It and Say It" program, which will remind fans to report anything suspicious.