Scanners at gates detect suspended drivers

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sarah Pacheco, Hawaii Army Weekly WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — An MP with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, scans an ID at Kawamura Gate.

Sarah Pacheco, Hawaii Army Weekly
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — An MP with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, scans an ID at Kawamura Gate.

Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services,
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

You may have noticed the gate guards using a handheld device to scan ID cards as people enter U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installations.

The scanners have a database of individuals whose installation access or driving privileges are suspended or revoked.

Since the implementation of this technology throughout the garrison, military police have issued tickets to a number of personnel attempting to access the installations while their driving privileges have been suspended or base access privileges revoked.

In accordance with Army Regulation 190-5 (Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision) and USAG-HI Policy Memorandum #16 (Installation Traffic Code), the garrison commander suspends and revokes installation driving privileges of service and family members whose conduct is not conducive to a positive community environment. The Directorate of Emergency Services’ Community Compliance Office (CCO) is responsible for executing this process.

Upon notification of a serious traffic crime, the CCO emails an installation driving suspension letter to the battalion commander and command sergeant major of the offending service or family member. The individual has 14 days to acknowledge receipt and indicate whether he requests an administrative hearing for the suspension. If the offender fails to respond or request an administrative hearing by the suspense date, his or her installation driving privileges are suspended.

In cases involving drunk driving, the offender’s driving privileges are immediately suspended, regardless of any request by the offender for an administrative hearing.

Last month, the CCO issued 46 driving privilege suspensions to members of the garrison community. During a one-week period, MPs caught 13 people trying to drive on post with suspended privileges. The most common situation involves an individual whose driver’s license is suspended by his issuing state due to unpaid traffic tickets.

Ultimately, the renewal and maintenance of one’s license is an individual responsibility. Community members who have questions regarding their license status are advised to check with their state department of motor vehicles.

Readers are also reminded the suspension of installation driving privileges is an administrative action and is not punitive in nature. As such, the adjudication of cases in state or federal court has no effect on one’s status regarding installation driving or access privileges.

If a service member is arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant , the commander immediately suspends that individual’s installation driving privileges for one year.

Individuals may request an administrative hearing to have their driving privileges reinstated. However, the decision to suspend, revoke or reinstate installation driving privileges is wholly separate from federal or state court proceedings.

The following is an excerpt of an actual MP blotter entry from USAG-HI. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

Failure to obey order (Article 92, UCMJ); On-post driving suspension

•Feb. 28, a guard at Schofield‘s Kawamura Gate noted an individual with suspended on-post driving privileges attempting to enter. Using the scanner, the guard identified the driver on the list of those with suspended driving privileges.

The subject’s privileges were revoked until Feb. 5, 2018, for a previous incident where he was apprehended for driving a vehicle while his driver’s license was revoked. He was apprehended, escorted to the police station and processed. He was later released to a unit representative.

Repeat offenders are subject to an extended suspension.

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