KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --
Team Kirtland members might soon find their driving privileges temporarily suspended if they fail to obey traffic laws or they are found to be at fault in vehicle accidents.
This is the major change of an updated motor vehicle policy that will soon be implemented at the base.
Col. Eric Froehlich, 377th Air Base Wing commander, said there has recently been an increase in drivers on the installation committing flagrant, dangerous violations of base traffic laws.
“Several of these violations resulted in accidents, including serious mishaps resulting in personal injury,” Froehlich said. “In an attempt to reduce these violations, reduce accidents and ensure the safety of Team Kirtland members, I am directing the 377th Security Forces Squadron to immediately implement new guidelines.”
The main change is the introduction of a 30-day suspension of driving privileges for being found at fault in a vehicle accident coupled with any moving violation, or simply two moving violations within a 60-day period. Any three of the above within 90 days will also result in a 60-day suspension. If a motorist is cited for reckless driving, he or she will receive a six-month suspension on the first offense.
Froehlich said that many of the vehicle accidents are caused by inattentive driving, poor situational awareness, or violations of the driving rules. He hopes if drivers are more aware of the new policy, they will be more attentive and drive with more focus and concentration. The measures are meant to be preventative rather than punitive.
“The goal is not to take the action but to deter such behavior, and ultimately keep everyone safe,” the commander said.
The policy will become effective Jan. 1.