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POV SAFETY

 

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POV SAFETY

POV ACCIDENTS

#1 Killer of Soldiers

15 times that of on duty accidents

Results in time and resource depletion

Loss of an important team member

Decrease in unit morale due to loss

THE ULTIMATE GOAL

Eliminate POV accidents

Prevent needless loss of life

Prevent loss of resources

PREVENTION OF POV ACCIDENTS

Training

Briefings and promotional materials

Correction of offenses

Counseling

UCMJ action

VICTIM PROFILE

Generally involve:

Single male soldiers

E5 and below

26 years of age or younger

VICTIM PROFILE

Why these soldiers are the typical victims:

Soldiers are simply not aware of the hazards they face (they have a 1 in 1000 chance of dying in their POV and a 1 in 150 chance of being hospitalized during a three year tour in Germany).

Soldiers tend to underestimate their personal risk

Soldiers tend to overestimate their ability

WHERE ACCIDENTS OCCUR

Most accidents occur within 25 miles of where we live and work

We become very familiar with the roads, streets and byways that we travel everyday, we become complacent.

Our mind has a tendency to wander to daily problems and not on the task of driving.

The result - we do not see or are not aware of the dangers that suddenly appear.

WHERE ACCIDENTS OCCUR (cont.)

We attend parties, do our drinking and socializing within the 25 mile radius.

While on trips always drive defensively. We may not be in our 25 mile radius, but we are in someone else's.

PRIMARY CAUSES OF POV ACCIDENTS

Drinking and driving

Speed

Fatigue

Booze & Lose

Don't drive after consuming two or more drinks in one hour.

Better yet, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!

What it could cost you:

Prison Sentence

License suspension/revocation

Fines and Service Fees

Mandatory drug/alcohol education or treatment

Severe career repercussions:

Barred from reenlistment

Reduction in grade

General Letter of Reprimand

Vehicular Homicide charges

Speed Shatters Lives

Greater stopping distance

Exceeding handling characteristics

Air Bag misconception

Fatigue: Stay Awake To Stay Alive

Large percentage of accidents involve running off the road at night.

Nodding off for 2-3 seconds.

Melatonin

Boredom

Alcohol

Buckle Up!

Some people are thrown clear in a crash and walk away without a scratch.

I'm a careful driver-never had an accident. Good drivers don't need them.

Seatbelts are too much trouble, fastening-unfastening-fastening again.

I only use them on high-speed roads. It's a nuisance around town.

I don't need to wear a seat belt just to drive to the grocery store.

What if my car caught fire or went off the road into water.

Seat belts are uncomfortable and wrinkle my Class A jacket.

How to Avoid Traffic Collisions

Stay Ahead Of The Situation

Stay Alert

Stay Back

Start and Stopping Sooner

Signal Your Intentions