March 6, 2014 --
The Marine Corps Police Department has the main responsibility of providing protection to the base’s employees and residents.
In doing so, MCPD officials want to bring awareness of several traffic safety concerns to personnel aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.
“The goal is to make personnel aware of the new traffic pattern at the main gate and address traffic laws,” Capt. Mike Reynolds, operations officer, MCPD, Public Safety Division, MCLB Albany, said.
According to Reynolds, the morning rush hour has become a safety concern for police officers at the Main Gate as well as for personnel who drive aboard the base.
“The purpose of the new traffic pattern change is mainly due to several near-miss accidents because drivers did not adhere to the yield signs,” Reynolds said. “Commuters traveling west from County Line Road will have to stay in the right lane while commuters traveling east from Mock Road will have to stay in the left lane when entering the main gate of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.”
To help prevent congestion during morning rush hour, the traffic pattern is scheduled Mondays - Fridays from 5:30-8 a.m., except federal holidays.
In addition to the traffic pattern, Reynolds reminds commuters of several important traffic laws while traveling the streets of MCLB Albany.
“While operating a vehicle aboard the base, drivers and all passengers must wear a seatbelt,” he said. “Children younger than eight years old must be in a child restraint seat if riding in a vehicle on base.”
Lt. Victor Singleton, chief accident investigator, MCPD, said several people have received citations for improperly using a cell phone while driving aboard the base.
“Drivers are only authorized to use cell phones with a ‘hands-free’ device while driving,” he said. “This means a cell phone cannot be in a driver’s hand at any time while operating a vehicle.”
Speeding is a concern not only for MCPD police officers but for pedestrians and animals as well.
“The speed limit, in general, aboard the base is 35 mph unless otherwise posted,” Singleton said. “Speed limit signs are posted throughout the base and drivers should adhere to the appropriate speed limit posted.”
Singleton added personnel cited for traffic violations will receive a traffic court date and are expected to attend court on that date.
“Drivers who fail to attend court without proper and prior authorization will be held accountable,” Donnie Baggs, command inspector general, MCLB Albany, said.
Baggs serves as the hearing officer during traffic court. “In most cases, failure to appear in court will result in an automatic 30-day suspension of driving privileges aboard the base,” he said.
Baggs is responsible for the management and oversight of traffic court proceedings and in doing so, adjudicates all cases referred to traffic court in the form of traffic citations. He can issue warnings, suspend or revoke base driving privileges, assess points or refer a violator to remedial driver improvement training.
Traffic court is held the third Tuesday of every month in the base courtroom in Building 3500, Wing 500.
Reynolds reiterated personnel should obey all traffic laws while driving aboard the installation to enhance vehicle safety and prevent motor vehicle accidents.