SEOUL — Talking on the cell phone while driving could soon lead to a loss of driving privileges for 30 days, under a new initiative being considered at U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan, officials said Tuesday.

“This is just to give you forewarning that we’re going to be cracking down on this,” Ricky Oxendine, Yongsan’s director of Emergency Services, said during a community information forum.

Garrison commander Col. David Hall said speeding and not wearing seat belts are also serious concerns at Yongsan, where the number of traffic injuries is increasing.

Garrison spokeman David McNally said driving while talking on a cell phone is now a ticketable offense.

The renaming of gates also was discussed at the forum. For instance, Gate 52 will be named the Commissary Gate and Gate 10 will be named the Dragon Hill Lodge Gate. “What we’re trying to do is associate the gate with a landmark that’s significant to the gate,” Oxendine said.

Installation of Yongsan’s first 24-hour, unmanned pedestrian gate at Gate 19, near the 121st Combat Support Hospital, is ongoing and the gate should be in operation early next month, he said. The gate, a Department of the Army initiative meant to save money on contracted security, will feature a two-step entry process requiring users to scan their identification cards and have their fingerprints checked on a biometric reader.

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