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Highway 98 slated to change speed limit

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A 45 mph sign stands to inform travelers of the speed limit on a patch of Highway 98 outside of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., June 28, 2018. Beginning June 29, the posted speed limit will be 50 mph in designated areas. Additionally, there will be a school zone outside of Tyndall Elementary, the zone will be marked with flashing lights to indicate the zone and to inform the speed limit of 35 mph. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook/Released)

Cars driving on road

Cars drive by the main entrance of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., June 28, 2018. Beginning June 29, travelers will notice a change in speed limits in several areas to include an increase of maximum speed limits from 45 mph to 50 mph and a school zone outside of Tyndall Elementary. The school zone will be designated with a flashing light and will inform individuals traversing the area to slow to 35 mph while flashing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook/Released)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

A section of Highway 98 near the Tyndall Air Force Base area is slated to change in several areas beginning June 29, 2018.

Individuals navigating the stretch of highway will notice the posted speed limit changing from 45 mph to 50 mph. Additionally, a flashing sign to indicate a school zone will be posted in front of Tyndall Elementary prompting travelers to slow to 35 mph while the flashing is active.

“From a security forces standpoint, speed enforcement is always important,” said Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Jones, 325th Security Forces Squadron member. “[It is there to] ensure we get individuals to and from the installation, getting to work in proper time and making sure safety is kept in mind as well. As a priority of ours, we want to make sure speed enforcement is done right and that we are taking care of our personnel to ensure the mission is being accomplished.”

Jones went on to explain that the 325th SFS has jurisdiction on Highway 98 from the Dupont Bridge to Crooked Island and that anyone traveling in the jurisdiction, whether military or civilian, may be interacted with by them to ensure they are following the law, to include speed measures.

He urged frequenters of the patch of land to obey the traffic laws as though going through different channels, all tickets from the 325th SFS are legal and binding.

“There are different ramification that could occur to individuals not following speed enforcement, [as an example], military members and civilian employees, we issue citations,” he elaborated. “Any ticket that is for civilians, they still follow the protocol as if they were in town. Military tickets, the military will take care of them.

“Overall, speed enforcement is important because of the safety aspect involved,” Jones continued. “When individuals start to disobey speed limits and not following laws, there is increased vulnerability for accidents.”

Security forces members like Jones want to inform the public that enforcement of Highway 98 will be ‘business as usual’ and travelers should see no more, but no less the usual number of 325th SFS members patrolling the area.

For more information on traffic laws on or near Tyndall, call the 325th SFS desk sergeant at 850-283-2254.