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Figure 19. Method of halting a vehicle to question or
alongside the vehicle to be detained. The military police
orders the vehicle to be stopped at the edge of or off the
road. The patrol vehicle then drops behind so as not to
be in the headlights of the detained vehicle or in direct
observation of occupants.
48. HANDLING MILITARY TRAFFIC. As a general
principle, particularly in the theater of operations, the tacti-
cal movement of troops normally receives priority over all
other traffic. (See fig. 20.) In rear areas, the normal prior-
ities are ammunition, signal-wire, staff, ambulances, and
supplies. Traffic control consists chiefly of halting other
traffic during the passage of priority traffic. Movements of
single vehicles, other than emergency vehicles, are handled
in the same manner as normal civilian traffic.
49. DISCIPLINARY PATROLS. Disciplinary motor pa-
trols, each of which should consist of at least two, and, if
possible, three or more men, are assigned to patrol a given
area or section of the town. They are frequently called
"roving patrols." They are generally used to provide an
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