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other vehicle to move to the right of the road and stop.
(See fig. 19.) Speedometers of patrol vehicles must be
checked frequently; the military police must be able to tes-
tify that the speed registered by the speedometer at the time
of the violation was correct.
d. Blocking a road. To block a road in order to pre-
vent the passage of a vehicle wanted by the military police,
the patrol endeavors to select a location where the road and
shoulders are narrow, and where the least opportunity exists
to make a U-turn. Suitable locations may be at a culvert,
bridge, cut, or a short distance beyond a sharp curve. The
patrol vehicle is parked facing at an angle in the direction
from which the wanted vehicle is expected to approach.
It covers as much of the roadway as possible. The driver
dismounts and stays near the patrol vehicle; if resistance is
anticipated, he places himself so that he is protected by the
vehicle or other vantage point, offering cover in case he en-
counters counterattack gun fire. Other members of the
patrol take positions either on or beside the road, depend-
ing on the situation, at points from which they can cover
the occupants of the wanted vehicle when it has stopped.
At night, except under blackout conditions, the headlights
of the patrol vehicle are turned on, although not at such an
angle as to blind the driver of an approaching car. Mili-
tary police, other than the driver, place themselves along
one or both sides of the road at approximately the point
where the wanted vehicle will halt. They keep out of the
rays of the headlights, so as not to offer a silhouetted target.
e. Making an arrest. To arrest or question the occu-
pants of a vehicle, one military policeman approaches the
car from its rear or flank. The other member of the patrol
remains dismounted near the patrol vehicle, in such a posi-
tion that he can observe and assist this partner. (See fig.
19.) When stopping a vehicle, the patrol vehicle pulls
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United States. War Department. Military police in towns and cities, book, January 1945; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96651/m1/54/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.