News: Holiday highway safety checks leads to safe travel at Fort Bragg
Story by Sgt. Barry St. Clair
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The Fort Bragg Law Enforcement Center conducted three traffic safety compliance checks during December 2013 to scan vehicles as they came through, resulting in police catching 93 total traffic-related violations.
One of these community traffic safety checks was conducted in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve at the intersection of Reilly Road and Gruber Road.
“Everyone who comes through the checkpoint will be asked to present their drivers license and military identification or an automated installation entry pass,” said Maj. Kevin Pugh, Fort Bragg Provost Marshal’s Office operations officer. “We will also visually inspect the vehicle registration sticker for valid registration.”
Soldiers and Department of Army civilian law enforcement officers participated in the three safety checks conducted during the holidays. Expired drivers license or vehicle registration, failure to carry a drivers license while driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol accounted for most of the infractions cited.
“I chose to be a military police officer to help the public and help keep Fort Bragg safe,” said Sgt. Kyle Knotz of Woodville, Wis., assigned to 42nd Military Police Det., 16th Military Police Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.
“Of all the military occupational specialties I could have chosen, I chose to be a military police officer to help prevent people from making poor decisions,” said Sgt. Christina N. Landers, of Linden, N.C. assigned as a military police officer to 42nd MP Det.
Police investigators participated in the safety checks in the event other items were discovered.
The enforcement actions resulting from the three safety checks conducted during the holiday season at Fort Bragg included 43 driver license issues, 26 expired vehicle registrations, and three driving under the influence – two of whom were underaged.
Lawful vehicle operation is the responsibility of the operator and the LEC has responsibility of checking drivers to ensure the safety of all who use Fort Bragg roadways.