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#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
Briefings and promotional materials
Correction of offenses
Single male soldiers
E5 and below
26 years of age or younger
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
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:
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.
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
Start and Stopping Sooner
Signal Your Intentions