Base driving a privilege: Don't lose it violating DOD cell phone policy

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  • By Maj. Randy Corriea
  • 512th Security Forces Squadron commander
In February 2006, Dover Air Force Base started enforcing the Department of Defense policy prohibiting the use of cell phones while operating a privately-owned vehicle on military installations.

This policy requires everyone driving on base to use hands-free sets or they safely park their vehicle if they wish to talk on their cell phone.

Although this policy has been in effect for some time, when I'm on Dover AFB, I frequently see individuals driving while using cell phones without a hands-free device. I remind all wing members of the requirements while driving on base and of the consequences if caught violating this policy.

It doesn't matter if you are active duty, a reservist or a civilian, if you get stopped by the base patrols and receive a ticket, a DOD Form 1408, you will have three traffic points added to your base driving record. Repeat offenders will receive an additional three points for each citation. If a driver exceeds 12 points in 12 months or 18 points in 24 months, they will be prohibited from driving on base for six months.

Also, as a reminder for reservists serving in a military status, if you get caught using a cell phone while driving a government vehicle, you can be charged with violating Article 92, Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation, of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and more severe administrative actions may be taken against you.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to get into serious vehicle accidents. Leadership has put this cell phone ban in place for a reason--our safety. So, let's ensure we comply with this policy, and remind our families and our wingmen to do the same. If not, expect to receive a "gentle" reminder from your base's security forces Airmen.