90th SFS ensures safe holiday weekend

Tech. Sgt. Bob Powell, 90th Security Forces Squadron, checks the registration and insurance of a driver during a seatbelt enforcement stop on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., August 31, 2012. Members of the 90 SFS stopped all vehicles leaving the base at the start of Labor Day weekend checking for the proper use of seatbelts and for cell phone use. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Tech. Sgt. Bob Powell, 90th Security Forces Squadron, checks the registration and insurance of a driver during a seatbelt enforcement stop on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., August 31, 2012. Members of the 90 SFS stopped all vehicles leaving the base at the start of Labor Day weekend checking for the proper use of seatbelts and for cell phone use. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- While Wyoming and Colorado police forces were cracking down on individuals driving under the influence of alcohol, members of the 90th Security Forces Squadron were doing their own part to ensure Mighty Ninety Airmen enjoyed a safe Labor Day weekend.

A safety checkpoint was established in the outbound lane of Gate 1, Aug. 31, between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight. 90th SFS members were checking for seatbelt compliance, as well and proper vehicle documentation.

"We set these up to try and prevent people from going out and doing the wrong things," said Staff Sgt. Steveison Ivory, 90th SFS security forces investigator. Ivory, along with three other members from the Investigations Office, worked the checkpoint.

He said they checked more than 100 vehicles - more than 50 in the first hour.

The investigations team also checked to make sure drivers had their proof of insurance, vehicle registration and driver's license. There were also 30 active-duty Airmen who were pulled for random urinalysis.

"The safety checks are random, and come from the wing commander," Ivory said. "The last one we did was during Cheyenne Frontier Days. We try to do them at least once a quarter."

He said the checks not only help ensure people are safe while operating a vehicle, but can also deter someone from a DUI.

"It's a proactive approach," Ivory said. "If people see us in the outbound lane, they know we're out there, and that we're doing checks. It makes people think twice about drinking and driving."

Ivory explained the random urinalysis results will take a few days to get back; however, he counts this weekend's checkpoint as a success.

"There were no DUIs or any other citations," he said.