The main roads on Fort Bragg have pretty much stayed the same since being laid out in the 1950s. Back then fewer troops had Families and fewer still had their own vehicle.
The vehicles that troops owned at that time were much less powerful than those today and drove a lot slower, so the roads weren’t engineered for speed.
In the 1950s even a top of the line car, say a 1958 Corvette, took 7.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. It would just beat out a 2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport, which takes 8 seconds to reach 60 mph. Fort Bragg’s roads were just fine in meeting the needs of everyone here, back then.
Today … not so much. Today’s roads are crowded with cars, and of course military vehicles. Movement at traffic lights is slow at best and nerve-racking at worst. It seems everyone owns their own car with some single troops owning two or more.
Married troops normally have at least two cars so the Soldier can get to work early in the morning without waking their wife or husband. As I have found out, going just five miles can take well over 20 minutes.
So what’s the answer to getting around quickly on Fort Bragg? For many it’s speeding. That in itself is not the answer. Sure it’s unsafe, is a leading cause of accidents, vehicle injuries and deaths, not to mention fines and increases in insurance premiums, but on the whole it really doesn’t help.
If you really want to help reduce traffic congestion on Fort Bragg, speed and then not follow orders. It will work. Don’t believe me? Ask one of more than 85 troops stationed here if they are driving on post. The answer had better be no, for their sake.
Now before all the military police and commanders reading this go into shock, let me explain.
First off, I need to share some background information to help explain this. A recent former Fort Bragg Garrison commander realized that for driving on Fort Bragg to be safer, some drivers needed a lot of training. He got together with Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the Garrison Safety Office, Military Police and the Directorate of Emergency Services and received the blessing of the senior commander for a program known as Driver Improvement Training.
Under the DIT program, if a driver is pulled over for going 15 mph over the speed limit, besides a ticket, the driver also receives a form notifying them that they have 90 days to sign up for DIT. If they don’t, they’ll lose their on-post driving privilege for one year.
If they fail to go to a DIT class they signed up for, they too can lose their driving privilege for one year. Now, if they think they can beat the system and drive during that one-year period and get caught, they’ll lose their on-post driving privilege for five more years.
The MPs are doing their part. Since October, they have issued over 2,305 tickets, and 1380 people were notified they had to attend DIT training. The 85, for one reason or another, didn’t attend.
So with that background added, here are the ways you can reduce traffic on Fort Bragg:
Get caught speeding on Fort Bragg and don’t sign up for a DIT class within 90 days
Sign up for a DIT class but don’t attend
Ok this one may be a stretch, but I sure wouldn’t want to find out if it’s accurate of not. Tell your husband or wife they now have to drive you onto post for at least a year early in the morning. Chances are you’ll be requesting permission to move into a barracks room and now you can walk to work.
So, who are the 85 troops no longer driving on Fort Bragg for at least a year? The ranks go from E1 up to O5. Some have requested a waiver, but think about it — do you really want to go to your commander and explain why you should be exempted from following the law and lawful orders? Besides, the chances are the waiver will not be approved.