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Complaints regarding Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection, shown here, include base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection. Base personnel have been caught taking an illegal left turn in the ahead-only lane, cutting off other vehicles entering the base in the left-only lane.
Complaints regarding Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection, shown here, include base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection. Base personnel have been caught taking an illegal left turn in the ahead-only lane, cutting off other vehicles entering the base in the left-only lane. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)
Complaints regarding Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection, shown here, include base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection. Base personnel have been caught taking an illegal left turn in the ahead-only lane, cutting off other vehicles entering the base in the left-only lane.
Complaints regarding Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection, shown here, include base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection. Base personnel have been caught taking an illegal left turn in the ahead-only lane, cutting off other vehicles entering the base in the left-only lane. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)
Constable Paul Glover stakes out RAF Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection after hearing complaints of base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection.
Constable Paul Glover stakes out RAF Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection after hearing complaints of base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)
Traffic jams up at RAF Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection last week. British police randomly stake out the intersection after complaints of base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection.
Traffic jams up at RAF Lakenheath's Gate 1 intersection last week. British police randomly stake out the intersection after complaints of base personnel turning unlawfully, running red lights and blocking traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)
Constable Paul Glover
Constable Paul Glover (Sean Kimmons / S&S)

RAF LAKENHEATH — A Ministry of Defense constable has begun to crack down on drivers taking illegal left turns into the base’s main gate from the A1065 highway.

Constable Paul Glover decided to stake out the Gate 1 intersection after hearing complaints that base personnel were making illegal turns, running red lights and blocking traffic.

The community liaison officer pulled over a whopping 25 offenders making the illegal turn on the first day he began the crackdown about three weeks ago. A few days later, he sent out a base-wide e-mail reminding personnel of the rules of the road and the possible repercussions of making an illegal turn.

The illegal turns are considered dangerous and impolite when drivers in the ahead-only lane of the A1065 take a left and cut off other drivers entering the base from the left-only lane. Offenders make the move to avoid waiting in traffic that often backs up at the intersection on workday mornings, Glover said.

Glover believes that the recent crackdown has been working. While out on a random check last week, he had to pull over only three offenders.

“It seems to have had an effect,” he said as he kept an eye on congested traffic at the intersection.

Once an offender is pulled over, Glover obtains the driver’s details and warns him that he is breaking the law. If there is a repeat offender, or if the act is deemed dangerous by police, the driver can be summoned to the British courts, where a fine can be imposed and points taken off of a driver’s license.

As of last week, Glover said he has not issued a summons to any drivers.

Drivers worried about running late should arrive at the base 10 to 15 minutes earlier, instead of breaking the law, said Glover, adding that base personnel also can car pool to alleviate gridlock.

Glover stressed that his checks aren’t tailored to only catching airmen.

“It’s not targeted at just Americans, but everybody,” Glover said. “At the end of the day, you have to be patient.”

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