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 September 10, 2010

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New signage addresses cell phones,
speed limits

Signage for the no cell phone/texting and speed limit policies at Fort McCoy is in place at installation entrances and other strategic locations to remind motorists about McCoy regulations.
PHOTO: A sign near the road intersecting at the Post Exchange and McCoy’s reminds motorists of the cell phone/texting prohibitions at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
A sign near the road intersecting at the Post Exchange and McCoy’s reminds motorists of the cell phone/texting prohibitions at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) Safety manager, said the policies are included in the installation’s Regulation 190-5 (Traffic) and Regulation 385-10 (Safety).

Speed limits on the installation are 30 mph unless otherwise posted.

Cell phones cannot be used by motorists in a moving vehicle unless they are operated hands-free. Motorists who wish to use non hands-free cell phones must pull over to the shoulder of a road or drive into a parking lot, he said.

Texting is not allowed while driving.

The cell phone/texting regulation signs are posted near or in high-traffic customer locations, (Post Exchange/McCoy’s or the Ammunition Supply Point), and are printed on the back of visitor vehicle passes.

“It was believed that by putting signs in other prominent public places, it would serve as a visual announcement to new people coming to the installation that this policy is in effect,” Eddy said. “It also will serve as a reminder to other people that this is a requirement on Fort McCoy and other federal facilities.”

In other safety-related news, Eddy said a number of crosswalks have been repainted.

The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) provided manpower to make the signs.

The crosswalks were painted by Joint Service Public Works personnel and a contractor.

Eddy said the ISO is working with the DPW to get additional crosswalks repainted.

For more information about traffic regulations at Fort McCoy, see the Fort McCoy public website at http://www.mccoy.army.mil and click on visiting Fort McCoy and on traffic regulations.

Information also is available in the regulations, which are accessible at the Fort McCoy Corporate Network or by calling the Directorate of Emergency Services Traffic Safety Section at 608-388-2044 or the ISO at 608-388-3403.

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