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Commander steps up seatbelt, cell phone policy enforcement

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- An officer, from the 460th Space Wing, and her children survived a head-on crash with another vehicle that ran a red light in Parker, Colo., April 22. The family walked away with a few bruises because they were wearing their seatbelts. (Courtesy photo)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- An officer, from the 460th Space Wing, and her children survived a head-on crash with another vehicle that ran a red light in Parker, Colo., April 22. The family walked away with a few bruises because they were wearing their seatbelts. (Courtesy photo)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Some drivers have been disregarding wing policies and the law. This blatant disregard has the attention of the installation commander, which he will not accept.

"The lack of seatbelt use on this base is intolerable," said Col. Wayne McGee, 460th Space Wing Commander. "Furthermore, the use of cell phones without a hands-free device while driving is unacceptable. I am enacting an aggressive program to detect and apprehend all persons who violate these policies."

The commander had been stepping up the awareness on seatbelt wear and cell phone use for months with the Safety Office leading the charge, but the recent downward trend in compliance forced more intense scrutiny - and punishment.

"The base driving safety awareness program has been strong, and while awareness is certainly key to a good safety program, enforcement ensures violators don't put others at risk," the commander said. "Those violating these policies risk losing their driving privileges on base, and may face other administrative or disciplinary actions."

Military and civilian violators will be ticketed for not wearing their seat belts. In addition, those caught using cell phones, without hands-free devices, or texting while driving will be punished as well.

"I am committed to enforcing my seatbelt and cell phone policies," said Colonel McGee. "In order to do so, it is imperative that we vigorously enforce these policies on Buckley Air Force Base."

While the 460th Security Forces Squadron will act as the primary policy enforcers, Colonel McGee hasn't stopped there. He's tasked all 460th commanders and requested all tenant commanders to ensure either unit commanders, E-9s, and first sergeants or their equivalents conduct frequent no-notice spot checks on seatbelt wear, cell phone usage and related safety requirements.

"While the majority of base drivers are safe and compliant, I am enacting an aggressive program to detect and hold accountable all persons who violate these policies."

To see a complete version of the policy letter, go to http://www.buckley.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-080424-060.pdf.
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