By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
The Fort McCoy Police Department conducted the first in a
series of random, spot
seat-belt compliance and other safety checks April 16. The checks will
continue throughout the summer.
Capt. Rick Jackson conducts a
seat-belt compliance check at
. Random checks will be held throughout the summer. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Jackson, Division of Emergency Services Operations, said the
compliance checks will be held unannounced at various times and
locations to help ensure traffic remains safe as the peak Soldier
Members of the Fort McCoy community , as well as visitors,
including members of the public, can be stopped and cited for
A total of 239 vehicles were stopped near the intersection of J
Street and 10th Avenue during the one-hour check April 16.
Jackson said 73 were military or General Services
Administration vehicles and 165 vehicles were privately owned
A total of 151 Soldiers were checked, with three being cited
for not wearing safety belts, a compliance rate of 98 percent.
Civilian seat-belt use also was good, with 194 checked and six being
cited, a compliance rate of 96 percent.
The compliance rates on Fort McCoy compare favorably to the
United States, which had an 82 percent compliance rate in 2007, and
for Wisconsin, which had a 75 percent compliance rate in 2006.
Wisconsin is one of a number of states that has a secondary seat-belt
law, which means motorists must be breaking another law, such as
speeding, before they can be arrested for not wearing a seat belt.
"Seat-belt usage is mandatory on a federal
installation," Jackson said. "Anyone -- military and
civilian, alike -- can be cited for not wearing seat belts."
Another regulation on the books at Fort McCoy that covers
federal installations is motorists must use hands-free cell phones if
their vehicle is moving or they can be cited, Jackson said. Motorists
who wish to use cell phones that are not hands-free while driving must
pull to the side of the road or into a parking lot to make these types
No violations of this regulation were noted during the safety
check, Jackson said.
In addition, three motorcycles with military operators were
stopped and checked for proper safety gear/equipment.
No violations were observed, he said.
For more information about seat-belt compliance checks on Fort
McCoy, personnel can call (608) 388-2010.
Information about traffic safety laws at Fort McCoy is
available by calling (608) 388-2044.