MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
Traffic enforcement at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., will be the focus of a Click it or Ticket campaign which commences Monday and concludes Jan. 4.
“Our primary focus on selective traffic enforcement here on the base is to ensure a safe traffic environment and the enforcement of the traffic code deals with everyone’s safety,” said Randy Jack, chief, Marine Corps Police Department, Public Safety Division, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga. “Our intentions with the Click it or Ticket campaign are to ensure everyone’s safety.”
The two-week campaign at the base features traffic patrols and random traffic checkpoints.
“We feel our enforcement program is working because the number of violations we see at traffic checkpoints has dropped,” said Jack. “Our aggressive posture lends itself to that.”
As another facet of MCPD’s traffic enforcement program, the department has purchased a road speed monitor device, similar to ones seen along Interstate highways, which sits beside a roadway and displays an approaching motorist’s speed. It should be in service soon and will be placed at various locations on base.
Besides enforcing traffic regulations, the ban on the use of hand-held cell phones while operating a motor vehicle on base is a prime focus of the campaign.
“We’ll be enforcing the cell phone regulation vigorously, and that’s with a capital V, all the time, not just during Click it or Ticket,” Jack said.
The particulars of the Click it or Ticket campaign here is based on years of data which MCPD officials analyzed to determine when and where traffic offenses most frequently occur on the base.
“The Click it or Ticket is designed to identify problem areas at the base and we’ll set up checkpoints at various times and locations,” said Lt. Perry Mixon, supervisor, traffic division, MCPD. “We’ll be looking for seat belt use, cell phone violations, driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.”
Information on the proper use of cell phones while driving aboard the base is clearly posted at the gates, but MCPD traffic enforcement officers say cell phone violations are still common.
“Some of the most common violations we still see out there are motorists who are talking on the cell phone,” said Jamie Littlefield, traffic investigator, accident investigation division, MCPD. “Other violations are seat belts and the use of headlights, especially in the morning before the sun comes up. Many motorists turn off their headlights as a courtesy to the sentries when they come through the gate, and we appreciate that, but they need to remember to turn them back on when they clear the gate.”
Deer strikes are another safety issue on the base, and motorists need to be aware of the potential of deer moving into the path of their vehicle.
“We see deer on the move because hunting season is underway, and they can be a problem around the base,” Littlefield said.
Base Order 5560.9D, Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation, recently updated, provides guidance for the enforcement of traffic regulations here.
“The order used to contain 23 violations listed, in the current order there are approximately 100 violations listed,” said Mixon. “I encourage every motor vehicle operator on the base to review the base order because it authorizes the police department to issue monetary fines here on the base through the use of Form CVB-1805, a U.S. District Court violation notice.”
Most of the time, civilian motorists are cited with the Armed Forces Traffic Ticket 1408, but, under certain instances, civilian motorists must be cited with the CVB-1805, which requires an appearance in Federal court in Albany, Ga.
“There are optional fines for certain traffic violations, and the information is in the base order,” Mixon said.
A change that base motorists see now is designed to assist in the traffic flow during peak hours at the base. MCPD officials have made changes in traffic flow patterns at the Main and Johnson Road gates in order to smooth the traffic flow.
“We have two police officers on duty at the Main and Johnson Road gates with two traffic lanes open during peak hours,” Jack said.