Where traffic volume is high, or where traffic related incidents are frequent, smaller patrol areas are
indicated. Reference previous studies or conduct new studies such as--
Motor vehicle volume studies.
Roadway capacity studies.
Accident reports studies.
Implement selective enforcement in areas experiencing excessive traffic related incidents. This may be
done by using established patrols in the area. If sufficient personnel exist, use a supplemental patrol
whose principle function is selective enforcement in the identified area. AR 190-5 states, "Selective
and preventive enforcement practices will be employed whenever practicable." Preventive enforcement
is designed to deter traffic violations and reduce accidents. Selective enforcement defines traffic
problems in terms of--
o High frequency violation and accident locations.
o Areas of congestion during selected time periods.
o Applying enforcement measures to accident causing violations and conditions.
In short, selective enforcement means putting personnel where they are needed most and will be most
effective. This is determined by past experience. The purpose is to prevent future violations and
accidents. Patrols are assigned duties by time and place in proportion to violations and traffic
accidents. Efforts are directed to reduce violations and accidents by the presence and activities of MP
In addition to routine and supplemental selective enforcement patrols, there will be special
requirements from time to time. These requirements include special events, roadblocks, and detours.
3. Special Events.
Special events often generate heavy traffic volume. Traffic control is possible with planning based on
o Routes to the event should be direct.
o Main routes should terminate at parking areas.
o Special routes should be marked for emergency vehicles and operators should be briefed on
o A special traffic plan should be publicized through installation bulletins and leaflets.
o Normal traffic should be detoured around the area.
o Maps, traffic-control points, and route designators should be used to handle the traffic flow
o Speed zones should be set to safely handle traffic. (Reasonable speed limits encourage driver