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New Installation Traffic Code to take effect at Cannon

Posted 12/17/2012   Updated 12/17/2012 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Whitney Tucker
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

12/17/2012 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Members of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron are slated to operate under revised instruction following the implementation of a new Installation Traffic Code at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 12, 2012.

The new guidelines, which can be found at the Air Force E-Publishing site, will apply to all organizations, Air Commandos and dependents operating motor vehicles within Cannon's jurisdiction.

According to the code, individuals who violate new regulations will be met with appropriate administrative, judicial or disciplinary action as authorized by federal law, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Air Force Directives and New Mexico state law.

"To allow the fullest dissemination to vehicle operators on Cannon first, Airmen with the 27 SOSFS will not begin enforcing Installation Traffic Code revisions that pertain to parking until Dec. 26," said Rich Jones, 27 SOSFS Public Affairs representative.

Though all who work and reside within Cannon's gates are encouraged to review the updated guidelines in their entirety, some changes will likely impact 27th Special Operations Wing motorists more than others.

"The most notable change to take effect has to do with parking enforcement," Jones said. "Any vehicle parked in a location not specifically marked or designated as a parking space by painted lines or placards will be in violation of the Installation Traffic Code."

"Having said that," Jones added, "motorcyclists may continue to park in areas marked with diagonal stripes, provided they do not impede the flow of traffic, hinder emergency response or create unsafe situations."

Individuals who reside in base housing areas such as Joe Cannon Estates, Chavez Manor, and Chavez Manor West should be mindful of several considerations when parking adjacent to a residence.

"Though vehicles are authorized to park adjacent to a private residence in housing areas, they may not park on a sidewalk, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, on a crosswalk, within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, double-park on a roadway, or park against the flow of traffic," Jones said. "Drivers will also be cited for parking within an intersection or in a manner that obstructs the view of approaching traffic."

In light of the many changes to take effect on base, Masters urges drivers to remain mindful of relevant preexisting instruction.

"With the impending drop in temperature, it is also time to remind vehicle operators that although this is not new policy, leaving a vehicle running without a licensed driver present is still in violation of Cannon's Installation Traffic Code and the New Mexico Criminal and Traffic Manual," he said.

The new traffic code puts guidance from Air Force Manual 31-116, Air Force Vehicle Traffic Supervision, and Air Force Instruction 31-218(I), Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision, into practice and will help ensure increased safety for those who live and work within Cannon's confines.

Any questions regarding the revised Installation Traffic Code should be directed to Rich Jones at (575)-784-4685.

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