Safety checkpoint ensures Yongsan's safety
142nd Military Police at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan conducts security checkpoint at a parking lot located between the Collier Field and the Knight Field, August 14. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Hyokang)

YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- The USAG Yongsan Directorate Emergency Services, Military Police Patrolmen conducted a security/safety checkpoint near the Collier Community Fitness Center, Aug. 14.

One of the MP's mission priorities is to provide safety for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians by conducting security/safety checkpoints, which helps prevent crime and ensures traffic laws are maintained such keeps the Community safe.

The selection of cars was arbitrary and motorists who encountered a checkpoint were asked to have their driver's license and vehicle insurance documentation ready for verification. These checks were conducted at random to ensure that motorists were driving in accordance with motor vehicle laws.

Sgt. Matthew Elam, safety checkpoint noncommissioned officer in charge from the 142nd Military Police Company, emphasized the importance of the task.

"We do this to further educate motorist safety and strengthen the public's awareness by removing those motorists who don't operate in accordance with motor vehicle laws," Elam said. "Basically, we make sure everybody stays safe within regulations."

Safety was assured and any inconveniences to motorists were minimized.

"I think it definitely is a good way to keep the Garrison safe and I was happy about the MP's kindly manner," said Willard Cundiff, a dependent residing on USAG Yongsan.

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