Speeders and cell phone users beware: Fort Drum’s traffic police are beginning a zero-tolerance policy to crack down on vehicle and traffic violations.
“This is going to be an ongoing enforcement effort (of vehicle and traffic violations) on post,” said Maj. Todd Julian, chief of law enforcement, Directorate of Emergency Services. “Bottom line: our concern as a law enforcement agency is people are not abiding by the law – using cell phones, speeding, aggressive driving (and other infractions). It’s for the safety of everybody.”
Several factors led DES to begin cracking down on those violating New York state vehicle and traffic laws, according to Lt. Mike McCormick, DES traffic section officer in charge.
“It was based on the chain of command (recognizing the increasing problems), leaders (reporting) problems during (physical training), complaints (by Soldiers, Family Members and civilians) and statistical data,” he said.
Studying the statistical information has allowed DES officials to pinpoint the times of day and locations around post where problems are most prevalent, McCormick added. More patrol cars will be present in those areas to ensure people are following the laws.
“We concentrate a lot on the PT routes, but let’s not forget about all the kids in the housing areas playing,” he said.
Julian agreed, adding as the weather continues to get warmer, children will be outside more and motorists must be extra cautious while driving through neighborhoods.
McCormick said cell phone violations, specifically people sending text messages while driving, are also a huge concern. Most people don’t think anything of sending a quick text to their friends, but texting while driving can lead to serious and even fatal accidents.
While DES will increase the number of patrol cars on post, the organization also wants to educate and remind the public of the laws, McCormick said. Safety message boards will be displayed at the entrance gates and speed enforcement trailers will be set up around the installation to remind motorists of the speed limit, and to let them know how fast they’re driving.
For more information about New York state traffic laws, call McCormick at 772-6112.