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CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Stop at stop signs. Use turn signals when turning. Park in parking spaces.

This seemingly simplistic advice consumed the first half of a work force town hall meeting Wednesday for employees of U.S. Army garrisons Casey and Red Cloud.

Lt. Col. Hans Hunt, 2nd Infantry Division provost marshal, said a recent spike in traffic violations pointed to a need to educate many of the work force’s drivers about what’s expected on the roads on post in the Camp Casey and Red Cloud area.

"A year ago we were handing out one ticket a day," Hunt said. "Now we’re handing out about 10 a day."

Most of the tickets go to Korean employees.

Hunt said he’s received requests from the U.S. Forces Korea Korean Employees Union to explain the rules on post because union members didn’t understand why they were receiving tickets.

Kang Hyung-do, head of the Uijeongbu branch of the Korean Employees Union, said he’d requested more information because of high incidences of traffic stops among union members at camps Stanley and Red Cloud, where workers have frequently been cited for failing to stop "for three to four seconds at a stop sign," speeding and illegal left turns.

He said the union has been trying hard lately to educate its members and remind them to abide by on-post driving rules.

"It is not easy to change your driving habits in one day," Kang said. "But I believe the Korean drivers are keeping the traffic rules a lot better now; we have not heard of any violation reports since the start of this year."

Hunt said Korean employees receive training about on-post driving rules before they are licensed to drive government vehicles, but cultural differences often mean that training isn’t enough.

"The disconnect is whenever they go outside the gate, they drive however Koreans drive outside the gate," Hunt said. "That mentality comes back inside with them."

Red Cloud spokeswoman Margaret Banish-Donaldson said the employees need only a Korean driver’s license to drive their personal vehicles on post.

Hunt also addressed what to do when stopped by military police. He told audience members to stay in their cars and wait to be approached instead of getting out and walking toward police.

"We consider that threatening behavior," he told the audience.

He said the problem is compounded when those approaching the MPs don’t understand English. Since September his MPs have been issuing pieces of paper, written in English and Korean, that explain to Korean speakers what’s happening when they’re pulled over and what they should do.

He added that those who don’t speak English can let the MPs know and a Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army MP will be found to help.

In addition to the briefing, Hunt said the Provost Marshal’s Office would distribute information about traffic rules via e-mail to all of the area’s employees.


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