Speeding, distracted driving not acceptable

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What is it going to take for the Soldiers and civilians of Fort Knox to start abiding by Army Regulation 190-5 which states “(3) Driver distractions: Vehicle operators on a DOD installation and operators of government owned vehicles will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or unless they are using a hands-free device.”

Anywhere you drive on the installation you see numerous people talking on the phone, or texting while driving. Have we as an Army gotten so far away from following orders that we feel it is ok to disobey a general that publishes the regulations? It is time the military police and the civilian security force take this issue seriously and start issuing tickets or suspend on-post driving privileges, the road side marquee signs are not enough to keep people from doing these things.

Another issue that needs to be addressed is speeding in housing areas, the speed limit is posted for a reason. Doing 35-45 miles an hour in a housing area in unacceptable, there are too many children playing outdoors and you never know when one may step out in to the street chasing a ball and if someone is speeding down that street, well you can guess what would happen.

It is time for the Soldiers and civilians to take the rules and regulations serious while driving around post.

Joshua Hardy

Fort Knox