Fort Stewart will soon relieve military police of their responsibilities for making traffic stops and writing tickets on two state highways cutting through the southeast Georgia Army post.
Those duties will instead go to local sheriff’s departments and the Georgia State Patrol starting Jan. 26.
The agreement covers just two state highways, Ga. 119 and Ga. 144. But together they cover a lot of asphalt on military property — about 56 miles located in portions of six different counties.
Col. Kevin Milton, Fort Stewart’s garrison commander, said turning over highway enforcement to civilian agencies will let military police focus on protecting areas of the Army post where soldiers live and work.
Along with state troopers, the extra highway patrols will fall to sheriff’s deputies in Bryan, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Long and Tattnall counties.