Members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Lexington Park COPs Unit and Traffic Safety Unit will be conducting traffic enforcement at Gate 1 and Gate 2 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This enforcement effort is in response to two primary concerns.
First, deputies will be looking for vehicles blocking the intersection and the northbound lanes of travel on Route 235. Drivers blocking the intersection while attempting to turn into the base from the southbound lanes of Route 235 or while crossing the intersection from Route 246 will be cited. Maryland Traffic Law Article 21-1003 states: "A person may not stop, stand, or park a vehicle in an intersection." This violation is a $70 FINE AND 0 POINTS.
Second, deputies will be looking for motorists traveling southbound on Route 235 and performing an illegal U-Turn just south of Gate 2 to enter Gate 2 from the northbound lanes of Route 235. Maryland Traffic Law Article 21-201 states: "The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any traffic control device." in this case, the No U-Turn sign being the traffic control device. This violation is a $90 FINE AND 1 POINT.
Deputies will be conducting traffic enforcement at various times over a period of several days. Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office ask you to do your part and obey all traffic laws. We are enforcing a ZERO TOLERANCE OPERATION, and ALL VIOLATORS will be ticketed. These violations cause an inconvenience and unnecessary delay to travelers on Route 235 not entering NAS Patuxent River, but more importantly—they create a serious public safety issue.