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I am in the military and received a speeding ticket from an MP while driving on post at Fort Rucker, AL. I have an Ohio driver's license, will Ohio put points on my license for this violation?


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Tickets received on military bases may or may not be placed on your state driver's license since military bases are not public property and state laws differ. To find out how Fort Rucker will take care of the ticket and if they will report it to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) speak with an MP on base.

If the ticket will be reported to Ohio, then check with the BMV to see if this will be placed on your Ohio driver's license or what they do with citations from military bases.

In our research on this topic we found the following information from Hill Air Force Base. They try to answer the question "what happens if you get a traffic ticket on base?" Usually this question will you get a variety of answers. Various factors lead to this confusion, such as federal jurisdiction, military or civilian status and whether the vehicle driven is government or privately owned.

Here's what happens after a patrolman issues a driving citation on this base:

Civilians receive Department of Defense form 1805, which provides the option to contest the violation in the federal magistrate system or pay monetary penalties and avoid court. The federal citations are sent to the Central Violations Bureau in Atlanta, Ga., and insurance companies often count the incidents against premiums.

Active duty, reservists on active duty orders and civilians driving government owned vehicles are issued DoD Form 1408, which does not include a monetary fine. Instead, points are levied against on-base driving privileges and first sergeants or commanders may issue non-judicial discipline.

Depending on speed, a violation accrues between three to six points against on-base driving privileges. Other moving violations range from two to four points. Driving privilege revocations occur when individuals exceed 12 points over a 12-month period, or 18 points over 24 months.

Security Forces use selective enforcement, meaning areas of concern are identified and patrolmen monitor traffic speed using radar guns, said an officer in charge of police services.

Traffic violations can result in stiff penalties. For example, civilians who exceed 20 miles per hour over the speed limit in school zones or construction areas receive a minimum of $300 in fines. Military tickets could result in non-judicial punishment. And if the incident is severe enough, military members can be court-marshaled.

Parking tickets are treated like active duty violations, since the identity of the driver is unknown. Three parking tickets over 12 months can result in loss of on-base driving privileges.


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