Unsafe drivers on Fort Stewart beware: beginning this afternoon, local sheriff deputies, including those from Bryan County, and Georgia State Patrol officers can write tickets on some roads inside the installation.
Officials from the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, the Georgia State Patrol and sheriff departments from Bryan, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Long and Tattnall counties will sign an agreement today to change the jurisdiction of Hwy. 144, Hwy. 119, Fort Stewart Road 47 (Old Sunbury Road), and sections of roads near Hunter Army Airfield to concurrent law enforcement agencies, according to a press release issued by Fort Stewart.
“Local law enforcement and Stewart-Hunter police will patrol these roads together to promote cooperation and mutual trust between the police agencies, thereby ensuring a safer Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield,” Kevin Larson, public communications chief for Fort Stewart, said in the release.
The signing ceremony will be at 3 p.m. today at Club Stewart. Jennifer Hartwig, a spokesperson for Fort Stewart, said the signing marks the official jurisdiction switch of those roads.
The State Patrol and sheriff departments will cover roughly 20 miles of road on Hwy. 144 and Hwy. 119 in the Fort Stewart installation, but not within the gate, Hartwig said.
For more, pick up a copy of the Jan. 26 edition of the News.