JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. Speeding or the violation of any traffic law is not wise and can result in the issuance of a citation or fine. It can also cause death!
Speeding, failing to make a complete stop at stop signs while driving and pedestrians crossing the street in areas other than designated crosswalks are unacceptable at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB).
Traffic law violations, in addition to the fall/winter season of darkness during the start and end of the workday, are a recipe for disaster.
In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and more than 70,000 people were injured while crossing a street, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that speeding is the number two factor in death related crashes (alcohol is number one) and accounted for one-third of all crash fatalities.
Speeding in residential, recreation, food facility, commissary, exchange, child development and youth center areas where children may be present unnecessarily and unfairly endangers the innocent.
“We have been told there are a number of speeding vehicles in and out of the parking lot areas by Child Development Centers (CDC) I and II in the mornings and afternoons,” according to Dean McKinsey, a JBAB safety specialist. “This area is significantly populated with pedestrians, delivery trucks, buses and most of all, children.”
“Please slow down,” McKinsey requests. “The speed limit near the CDCs is just 5 mph. With such close proximity of parents loading and unloading their children, bus drop-offs and pick-ups, and delivery truck operations, it is imperative that vehicles operating in this parking lot slow down to the posted speed.”
The situation has not gone unnoticed or unpunished. JBAB DOD Police and Air Force Security Forces personnel strictly enforce traffic laws at JBAB. Citations are issued and violators should not expect to receive mercy when committing such egregious violations of law and common sense.
Violators of JBABs traffic laws can be banned from driving on the base for up to one year, if deemed necessary by the JBAB commander.
Such a ban may likely affect a persons mobility on base and personal daily schedule, as well as have economic impact resulting from having to rely on alternate means of transportation or parking off base.
Drivers need to observe speed limits and exercise extreme caution while driving on JBAB during periods of darkness or reduced visibility, caused by fog, rain, snow or other factors. Pedestrians need to cross the street only at designated crosswalks; wear reflective gear or light colored clothing and be on alert for drivers who may not be adhering to speed limits and other traffic laws.
The JBAB Safety Office and JBABs Public Works Department are working together on other measures to help resolve the speeding issue near the CDCs, McKinsey said.