Health & Safety

August 3, 2012

The consequences of speeding on base

by 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Edwards, with its limitless sky, long straight roads and expansive landscape, seems to lend itself to speeding down the open road. However appealing it may be to drive just a little bit faster to get to your destination, the consequences are surely not worth the risk.

The 412th Security Forces Squadron wants to remind motorists to abide by the posted speed throughout the installation.

“Excessive speeding is a major concern here on Edwards, especially during the summer months when children are out of school, “said Lt. Col. Kris Zhea, 412th Security Forces Squadron commander.

The 412th SFS will step-up traffic enforcement throughout the base to ensure everyone’s safety.

“Safety of our base community is our number one concern. We will place ‘speed carts’ around base to remind drivers to slow down”.

Speed carts are a mobile speed measuring device that displays a motorist’s speed when the posted speed limit is exceeded. These devices remind drivers to slow down and observe the speed limits. Such devices are common along interstate construction zones.

In addition to putting yourself and others at risk by speeding and disregarding traffic rules, the Air Force has a mandatory traffic point system in place to assess points for moving violations. The points are used to determine if base driving privileges should be suspended and for how long. That means you may not drive your car onto the installation or drive anywhere on the installation. Military members operating government and private vehicles on or off the installation are subject to point assessments for moving violations. Civilian employees operating GOVs on or off the installation, as well as their POVs on base, are also subject to the point system. Dependents are as well.

For instance, depending on the speed, type or number of violations, drivers may not lose their driving privileges or could lose them for up to one year.

 

Suspension periods for speeding violations are outlined below.

Suspension Period of Base Driving Privileges, EDWARDSAFBI 31-280, Edwards Air Force Base Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision

1-10 mph over limit:

1st Offense (3 points)

2nd Offense (3 points) 3-Day suspension

3rd Offense (3 points) 1-year suspension per EAFBI within 12 months

 

11-15 mph over limit:

1st Offense (4 points)

2nd Offense (4 points) 10-Day suspension

3rd Offense (4 points) 1-year suspension per EAFBI within 12 months

 

16-20 mph over limit:

1st Offense (5 points) 15-Day suspension

2nd Offense (5 points) 30-Day suspension

3rd Offense (5 points) 1-year suspension per EAFBI within 12 months

 

21-24 mph over limit:

1st Offense (6 points) 90-Day suspension by 412th Mission Support Group commander

2nd Offense (6 points) 1-year suspension per EAFBI within 12 months

25 mph and over limit:

1st Offense (6 points) 6-month to 1-year suspension determined by 412th MSG/CC

2nd Offense 1-year suspension per EAFBI within 12 months

 

In addition to having driving privileges suspended, civilians are also subject to prosecution in Magistrate Court, which typically involves at least two court appearances, one in Bakersfield, Calif., and one at Edwards.

Fines can be hefty. Military members are also subject to administrative actions, such as a letter of counseling; letter of admonishment or letter of reprimand; non-judicial punishment (Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice); or punitive actions under the UCMJ, including, but not limited to Article 111.

In addition to the suspension of driving privileges outlined in AFI 31-204, Air Force Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision, and EDWARDSAFBI 31-280, squadron commanders have the authority and discretion to suspend driving privileges for up to 30 days for any traffic violations, even if the point total does not reach suspension levels recommended by the instructions.

The bottom line is that even though driving the speed limit may feel as slow as walking at times, imagine how slow it will feel if you actually have to walk. Personally and professionally, there is much to be lost by speeding and committing other moving violations. Please, slow down and follow the traffic laws.

Editor’s note: Maj. Janelle Walden, Air ForceTest Center Judge Advocate contributed to this article.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force graphic by Denise Stephens

Summer safety begins with risk management

Air Force graphic by Denise Stephens Increased travel and leisure activities that go hand-in-hand with the summer months require increased emphasis on risk management, said Air Force Chief of Ground Safety, Bill Parsons. Increa...
 
 
MG-appointments

Don’t be a no show

The 412th Medical Group is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of you and your family by providing access to its services and the best possible medical care. No shows are a costly problem for the 412th MDG and the patie...
 
 

DOD brain injury experts give prevention tips for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Timely advice focuses on motor vehicle collisions, leading cause of military brain injuries As part of efforts to promote safe driving during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, experts from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center’s A Head for the Future initiative remind drivers to protect their heads while on the road. Motor vehicle collisions are...
 

 

Beat the heat through Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Index

As a safety professional and working here at Edwards AFB in the summer, you are at the mercy of the heat. Because of the heat, I will discuss the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature. The WBGT combines four thermal components: ambient air temperatures, relative humidity, air velocity and radiant heat. At Edwards, heat related incidents can...
 
 

On-the-job falls affect work productivity

It is a fact that more than 16 percent of all falls on the job result in injuries affecting the productive environment of the workplace. It becomes essential to implement a means to prevent falls while at the workplace. There are basically two kinds of falls: those that happen in single-story structure and those that...
 
 

Teal Helping Hands

Air Force photograph The Teal Helping Hands display, currently at the Oasis Community Center, is a traveling wall project presented by the 412th Test Wing’s Sexual Assault Prevention Office. The display will also head to Bldg. 3000 next to close out Sexual Assault Prevention Month.   Throughout the month of April, which is Sexual Assault...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>