In this week's episode of The Great Big Podcast, join host Samantha Harms as she takes the show on the road to discuss an essential topic that affects us all: road safety. Sam sits down with Captain Eric Yahnel, the supervisor for the traffic section with the law enforcement division for the Directorate of Emergency Services. Captain Yahnel's mission is to protect and educate Soldiers, residents, family members, workers, and visitors about the importance of responsible driving.
To report missing signs or traffic signal issues, please call the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) non-emergencies line at 254-287-4001.
The following are some important factors to know about when it comes to operating a vehicle safely.
• According to the Texas Transportation Code 545.351.1, going one to 10 mph above the posted speed limit will result in a $185 fine. Traveling 11 to 15 mph above the posted speed limit results in a $210 fine, and 16 to 20 mph above results in a $235 fine. 21 mph and above results in a $260 fine.
• Additionally, according to the Fort Cavazos Regulation 190-2, 190-5, traveling 20 mph above the posted speed limit warrants post-suspension.
Traffic control signals
• An operator of a vehicle facing a circular green signal may proceed straight or turn right or left unless a sign prohibits the turn. It is important to remember that while the signal is exhibited, the operator shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles lawfully in the intersection.
• An operator of a vehicle operator facing only a steady red signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line or before the crosswalk.
Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection
• An operator approaching an intersection on a roadway that is controlled by a stop sign, after stopping, as required, shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that has interested the intersection from another highway or that is approaching so closely as to be an immediate hazard to the operator’s movement in, or across, the intersection.
• An operator approaching an intersection on a roadway that is controlled by a yield sign shall slow to a speed that is reasonable under the existing conditions and yield the right-of-way to a vehicle in the intersection or approaching the intersection. If there is a collision, it is presumed the operator that drove past the yield sign failed to yield the right-of-way.
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This podcast is a production of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Cavazos and Fort Cavazos Public Affairs.