2013-10-25 / Spectrum

Making Fort Gordon a safer place

Want to help keep neighborhoods safe?

Want to avoid danger on the road?

Want to avoid a trip to traffic court with your military supervisor?

Want to avoid stiff fines and rising insurance rates?

Want to make Fort Gordon a better place to live and work?

Drive slower.

Simple and obvious, isn’t it? But the obvious has to be stated sometimes, and that appears to be the case regarding speed limits on Fort Gordon.

Let’s look at the example of a recent speeding enforcement effort in one of our Fort Gordon housing areas. The Directorate of Emergency Services reports that, between 5 and 7:30 a.m., they issued 10 speeding citations in a housing area with a 15-miles-per-hour speed limit. We’ll see more of these efforts in the coming days and weeks.

But this is disappointing on many levels. From a discipline standpoint, it’s disappointing that so many service members would willfully disregard an installation policy with the force of law. From a safety standpoint, it’s disappointing to see such small regard for the wellbeing of children and other pedestrians. And from a common courtesy standpoint, it’s disappointing to see that civility needs a comeback.

Make no mistake about it – the military police are going to enforce the speed limit; over time, rightthinking people will begin to follow the rules. But, especially in our housing areas, wouldn’t it be great if the speeding ended because drivers just decided to drive slower?

We’re not na├»ve. Let’s face it – most drivers go as fast as they think they can go without getting a ticket, no matter what the speed limit sign says. On some roads, that’s the same as the posted speed limit. On others…not so much.

But speed limits are set in installation housing areas specifically to make them more walkable, comfortable living spaces for our residents and safe zones for our children. The vast majority of drivers in the housing area are residents. They and their families benefit from these speed limits. So it’s not unreasonable to believe that drivers in the housing area might slow down of their own accord, if for no other reason than selfinterest. They might. They should.

And, if you’re not a housing resident, then you’re a guest. Act like one, and follow the rules.

Do yourself, your neighbors and our children a favor. Do what’s right. Show the discipline for which our armed forces are world-renowned.

Slow down.

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