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46. GENERAL. The principal advantage of a motor pa-
trol is its mobility. The term "motor patrol" as used here
includes traffic patrols, disciplinary patrols, and supervising
patrols. Motor patrols supplement foot patrols. They are
employed to control traffic in towns, to provide escorts for
military motor movements, to cover large areas and outlying
districts of the town, to check places of amusement in areas
not covered by foot patrols, and to supervise the activities
of foot patrols. Motor patrols also spot check credentials
of military personnel for the purpose of checking absentees.
Motor patrols should, where possible, be assigned vehicles
equipped with two-way radios.
47. TRAFFIC PATROLS. a. General. (1) In the
United States, traffic regulation and control is the responsi-
bility of the civil police. However, during military move-
ments, military police may be called upon to control traffic
along the routes taken by the convoys. Control is exercised
primarily over personnel and vehicles of the armed forces.
(2) In theaters of operations, military police in towns
and cities may be required to supervise and control both
civilian and military traffic in order to insure the uninter-
rupted flow of military traffic. (See fig. 18.)
b. Normal operation. For the normal operation of
traffic patrols, see FM 19-5.
c. Pursuit. When a traffic patrol pursues a vehicle oc-
cupied by persons who have committed a traffic or other
violation, the patrol avoids endangering other traffic. If a
speeder is being pursued, the patrol paces the speeding vehi-
cle long enough to determine definitely the speed at which
the vehicle is traveling. When the pursued vehicle is over-
taken, the patrol pulls abreast and signals the driver of the
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