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Friday, January 14, 2011 - 5:24am

SE Ga. Army Base Gives Up Some Highway Patrols

Fort Stewart will soon relieve military police of their responsibilities for making traffic stops and writing tickets on two state highways cutting through the southeast Georgia Army post.

Those duties will soon go to local sheriff's departments and the Georgia State Patrol starting Jan. 26th. The agreement covers only two state highways, Ga. 119 and Ga.

144. But together the roads cover a lot of asphalt on military property -- about 56 miles located in portions of six different counties.

Fort Stewart's garrison commander says turning over highway enforcement to civilian agencies will let military police focus on protecting areas of the Army post where soldiers live and work.

The extra highway patrols fall to state troopers and sheriff's deputies in Bryan, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Long and Tattnall counties.

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