MPs keep Yongsan children safe
Seoul American Elementary school students cross street while MP controls traffic. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Hyokang)

YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- To make sure kids are safe when walking across roads, the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Directorate of Emergency Services, Military Police, organized roadguard teams to provide safety to children before and after school, Aug. 27.

MPs conducted school zone enforcement throughout the school year to let drivers be aware of school zones and allow them to be more cautious when driving. It also followed one of the MP's mission priorities: to provide safety for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians.

The school zone enforcement included traffic control points, school zone parking, and kiss and drop zones.

Matthew Elam, traffic noncommissioned officer in charge from 142nd Military Police Company, explained that it was necessary to give more attention to children because it was sometimes hard to see kids while driving and vice versa.

"It is important to the Community, especially the kids, because they sometimes are not accompanied with their parents and go somewhere they are not supposed to," Elam said. "We also enforce parking areas, so that when an emergency vehicle needs to come arrive on scene, it can have enough room to maneuver in there."

Deno Burton, a logistics command specialist for the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, accompanied his kids after school and was satisfied with Yongsan's support and shared his gratitude toward such service.

"I think it is an excellent thing to do," Burton said. "I've seen how people come down the road dangerously, but the road guard team is providing a valuable service for the Community."

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