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How To Get A Ticket
Tech. Sgt. Charleston Calhoun, 14th Security Forces Squadron, writes a ticket for an illegally parked car. In most areas around Columbus Air Force Base it is illegal to park on the side of the road. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Charles Dickens)
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How To Get A Ticket

Posted 2/14/2012   Updated 2/14/2012 Email story   Print story


by 2nd Lt. Catlin See
14th Security Forces Squadron

2/14/2012 - COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Being brand new to CAFB and the military itself can be daunting when trying to learn and understand the military's way of conducting business, let alone the bases' traffic laws. Even our senior enlisted and officers occasionally experience momentary lapses when it comes to some traffic laws, so it's not just the "New Guys." That said, your local Defenders would like to take this time to inform you about three traffic laws that we will be focusing our enforcement efforts on in the months to come. Our goal is to raise awareness and hopefully reduce infractions.

In the past two months Defenders have issued 121 citations, with three infractions standing out above the rest. First, if you live in or you are visiting base housing, parking is prohibited on the side of the road with a sidewalk, except along State Loop. Next, regardless of location or time, when driving in the proximity of PT formations, joggers, or children the speed limit is 10 mph. Lastly, motorists are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving on CAFB except with the use of an approved hands-free device. Placing your cell phone on speaker phone and holding it in your hand does not constitute hands-free. The entire traffic supervision publication can be found in Air Force Instruction 31-204, Columbus AFB Supplement 1.

"Our Defenders are not out to ruin your day," said Maj. Joseph Ringer, 14th Security Forces Squadron commander. "Like you, we are a part of the Columbus AFB community, and are merely ensuring it remains a safe, secure and compliant installation for all of us." If you have any questions about CAFB traffic rules and regulations, please feel free to stop by Building 208 and inquire.

2/14/2012 11:59:26 AM ET
Traffic speeds on base should be standardized. i.e. the speed in the westbound lane of the road adjacent to the youth fields is listed as 20MPH. The speed on that same road in the eastbound lane isn't posted. So is the speed 20 or 30 while traveling eastbound. Also after entering the south gate the speed limit sign and the supplemental sign beneath it are contradictory. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated.
Corey, Tower
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