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Security forces talks of driving safety

ANDREWS AFB, Md. -- Safety will be a recurring theme over the next few months as the seasons change and the weather gets nicer. 

A key component to safety on base is abiding by all driving regulations in place. 

Security forces is taking initiatives to make sure these regulations are enforced. 

Starting next month they will take part in the nationwide Click-it or Ticket program to ensure drivers on base are wearing seatbelts. 

"Basically, it is a security lookout where security forces will look for people not wearing seatbelts," said Senior Airman Lora White, 316th Security Forces Squadron Crime Prevention coordinator. 

Seatbelt violations aren't the only things that can net citations on the base.
Some other citable offenses are: 

- Speeding 
- Using a cell phone while driving without a hands-free device 
- Not stopping completely at stop signs 
- Illegal parking (designated and handicap spots) 
- Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated 
- Driving without a license or registration. 

Another problem that occurs with drivers on base is following the speed limits. Speed limits are not marked on every street on base, therefore, security forces asks drivers on base to follows these guidelines when monitoring their speed: 

- The speed limit is 25 mph on base unless otherwise posted 
- Base housing and gate areas are 15 mph 
- Parking lots, alleyways and industrial areas are 10 mph During the warmer months, children in cars pose a safety threat. The base rules for leaving children in vehicles state children 10 years of age or younger will not be left in a vehicle unless supervised by someone 13 years of age or older. 

Unattended vehicles will also not be left running according to base regulations. A driver must be within 5 feet of their vehicle or the engine must be shut off.
Violating driving rules on base can result in punishments ranging from small citations to revoked driving privileges. 

For more information about on-base driving regulations contact security forces at 301-981-2008.
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