Photo/Story Gallery 2009

Troopers and Naval Base Security Partner on Roads

Trooper Bartholomew stands with members of the Kings Bay Submarine Base Security and Georgia State Patrol in front of a submarine.Trooper Bartholomew stands with members of the Kings Bay Submarine Base Security and Georgia State Patrol in front of a submarine.On January 22, members of the Florida Highway Patrol, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Security Department, and the Georgia State Patrol met to discuss the importance of cell phone use for emergency response to help keep our roads safe.

“Whether it is the Click it or Ticket campaign or Hands Across the Border, we are dedicated to assisting in keeping the roads safe and serving and protecting the public, said Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Acting Security Officer Bud Lett. “I strongly encourage people to use the *GSP for emergency assistance in Georgia and the *FHP for Florida. It works from any cell phone. If you see an accident or an emergency situation, please dial the number for assistance.”

The group met to talk about ways to encourage residents and visitors to use the emergency numbers from cell phones in emergency situations like reporting accidents, reckless drivers, and suspected drunk drivers. In addition, the new 511 service gives callers important weather, traffic, and road condition information to help motorists make informed driving decisions. “If you witness or need immediate help, call * FHP (*347) on your cell phone,” said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper. “It will get you immediate assistance. Also, when driving, watch out for motorcycles. They are harder to see and less protected on the road. Don’t be too aggressive or in a hurry. Better to be late and safe than not show up at all. Most crashes happen close to home, so don’t get complacent just because the trip is almost over.”

FHP has enjoyed a good working relationship with Kings Bay and Georgia law enforcement in the past, partnering on Labor Day for the Hands Across the Border campaign, which focused on DUI prevention and Click It or Ticket, which focused on seat belt use and enforcement. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Commanding Officer Capt. Ward Stevens presented each of the states’ representatives with a command coin showing appreciation for the work that law officers do.

Pictured: top left,  Trooper Jason Bartholomew stands with members of the Kings Bay Submarine Base Security and Georgia State Patrol in front of a submarine; top right, Trooper Jason Bartholomew receives a command coin from Commanding Officer Captain Ward (Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay).