Locally, the entire 911 system is governed by the Illinois Commerce Commission and is fully integrated with the St. Clair County Emergency 911 system. The 911 system can be dialed from any base, commercial or public pay telephone and is answered at the law enforcement desk. At Scott, the system has been upgraded to the “Enhanced 911” system. This new system automatically displays the originating caller’s identity, home address and telephone number to the dispatcher. If the caller cannot speak, the dispatcher will immediately dispatch a patrol to investigate the call. Once connected, the first statement a caller should make is: “THIS IS A (medical, police, fire) EMERGENCY.” The 911 dispatcher has the ability to transfer appropriate calls to the Fire Department. After connecting to the dispatcher, NEVER hang up until directed to do so by the dispatcher or the responding on-scene patrol. Use of the 911 system is authorized when a potential threat to life, limb, eyesight or property occurs and requires an immediate response from one or more public safety agencies. Misuse of the 911 service is a punishable offense under Illinois law. It is also prohibited to pre-program “911” into any type of speed dial home or business telephone options.
All juveniles, 16 years of age and under, must be accompanied by an adult 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The state of Illinois also recognizes that it is unlawful for parents or legal guardians to allow adolescents under the age of 17 to consciously violate the Illinois Juvenile Curfew Law.
No child under the age of 12 will be left unattended in any house, building, structure or vehicle whether running or shut off. Children must be at least 16 years old to remain in any vehicle with the motor running. Children under the age of 12 may be left in the care of a sibling 12 years or older. Children under the age of 12 will not be left in the care of an unrelated child (12 years or older) unless the caretaker has completed the American Red Cross course on Sitter Care. Refer to Scott AFB Instruction 31-101, Air Force Installation Security, for further details.
RULES OF THE ROAD
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on base is 30 mph. Housing areas are 15 mph. When drivers are detained for suspected driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, security forces will request they perform a field sobriety test. Upon failure or denial of this test, the suspect will be asked to submit to a medical examination of their breath, blood, urine or a combination of the three. Suspects refusing these tests automatically lose driving privileges for 12 months. The legal intoxication limit is a 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration off base and 0.05 on base. At times, security forces personnel will be posted at busy intersections to aid the flow of traffic. When posted, the hand and arm signals of a security forces patrol person directing traffic ALWAYS override any traffic lights or traffic signs.
OFF-BASE VEHICLES REGISTRATION
Military members stationed at Scott do not have to register their automobiles in Illinois as long as their home state vehicle registration remains valid. There are no restrictions if nonresident service members prefer to register their vehicles in Illinois. Registration forms are available at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 1444 Boul Ave., Belleville, or on base at the Scott Credit Union, Building 1950, for annual renewals only. Out-of-state service members residing in Illinois who have a valid driver’s license from their home state need not obtain an Illinois license as long as theirs remains valid. This law also applies to family members of the service member.
The Shiloh and Belleville Gates are the main installation entry points. A current, valid military identification card is required. During normal operations, visitors accessing the installation with a sponsor who possess a DOD-approved credential do not require an AF Form 75, Visitor/Vehicle Pass. If the visit will last longer than 72 hours, an AF Form 75 is required. Phone is 618-256-4884.
Should a Visitor’s Pass be required, the visitor must have a valid photo ID and an authorized sponsor. Visitor passes may be requested by an authorized sponsor electronically from a .mil computer.
Visitors driving on base are required to provide proof of current insurance and registration prior to entry. Military decals are no longer required for base entry.
The Visitor Control Center at the Shiloh Gate offers visitor’s passes, contractor passes, line badges and Defense Biometrics Identification System registration. DBIDS registration is required for all Common Access Card-holding personnel, retirees and family members over the age of 16. The VCC is open6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; it is closed on federal holidays. The Belleville Gate is closed from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.
The Mascoutah Gate is open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for commercial delivery vehicles and large contractor vehicles only. The Mascoutah Gate is closed on federal holidays. When the gate is closed, commercial vehicles access the base through the Shiloh Gate’s oversized vehicle lane and will be searched.
No one may acquire or possess any firearm or ammunition within the state without having a valid firearm owner’s identification card (FOID) in their possession, according to the state of Illinois. Applications for a firearm owner’s identification card can be obtained at the law enforcement desk.
Scott AFB Supplement 31-101, Air Force Installation Security, establishes the policy on registration of privately owned firearms on base. It states that these weapons are prohibited in unaccompanied and visiting quarters. People living in unaccompanied quarters/VQ are required to register their weapons with the 375th Security Forces and store the weapons in the security forces armory.
Those living in on-base privatized housing may keep their weapons in their homes but are required to register them with the security forces armory. Residents of Lincoln’s Landing are not required to register their firearms with security forces.
Persons transporting privately owned weapons in their vehicles must be in possession of a valid firearm owner’s identification. The weapons should be locked in the trunk of the vehicle with the weapon unloaded and ammunition stored separately. Trigger locks for firearms are highly encouraged. Privately owned weapons will only be transported to and from hunting, skeet range or any other authorized recreational event by the most direct route. Personnel will not leave weapons unsecured in their vehicles.