Traffic safety.Hello fellow submariners! Fiscal year 2006 is here, and it has arrived with a "bang," or should I say, "CRASH!" PMV See Private market value. (private motor vehicle) mishaps are up significantly this year. Traffic safety is a major concern, starting with, but not limited to, motorcycles. We have updated our statistics and graphs to include motorcycle crashes.
There have been 12 motorcycle crashes in the Navy, as of February 15th, of fiscal year 2006 resulting in nine fatalities, with five being the ceiling set for the entire year. Eleven of the 12 persons involved in the accidents were junior enlisted, or junior officers. Nine were riding "sport bikes" one was a V-Rod, which is one of Harley Davidson's versions of a "sport bike," one 883 Sportster Sportster may refer to several things, such as:
Looking at this snapshot data, the determination could be made that junior, young, inexperienced riders account for almost 90 percent of all motorcycle accidents. One can see that sport bikes account for almost 90 percent of motorcycle accidents. No matter how the data are interpreted, our young riders are not getting the message that Navy leaders have been delivering during GMT and mentoring sessions. It seems that the younger and less experienced riders are feeling invincible! A wheelie wheel·ie
A stunt in which the front wheel or wheels of a vehicle, such as a bicycle or motorcycle, are raised so that the vehicle is balanced momentarily on its rear wheel or wheels. here, and a front brake stop and hop there does not make one a pro.
I've heard it time and time again, "We're sick of motorcycle safety training." However, I know from personal experience, the message is not reaching all riders. Crotch Rockets, Rice Burners, Racing Bikes, I don't care what you call them; the people that ride them are dying. OBEY THE LAW!!! Stop speeding, stop popping wheelies, stop showing off, and listen to your much wiser and older chiefs and senior personnel.
Motorcycles are not in this alone. PMV accidents have skyrocketed at an unprecedented level. There have been 34 fatalities this fiscal year already, with 29 being our ceiling based on the SECDEF SECDEF Secretary of Defense 75% mishap reduction challenge (motorcycle fatalities included). Traditional factors, such as drunk driving and fatigue, continue to contribute to fatalities. Another contributing factor to these fatal statistics is the use of cell phones. 2CFR CFR
See: Cost and Freight 634.25/dated 01JUL2005, prohibits use of non-hands free cell phones while operating any motor vehicle (private or government) onboard DOD (1) (Dial On Demand) A feature that allows a device to automatically dial a telephone number. For example, an ISDN router with dial on demand will automatically dial up the ISP when it senses IP traffic destined for the Internet. installations.
CNRMAINST 2060.1 dated 20APR APR
See: Annual Percentage Rate 2005 prohibits the use of cell phones at any time on or off installation while operating a government vehicle without a hands free device. In the midlant region, a violation will cost you $50. Put down the cell phone and drive! We have already exceeded our maximum ceiling for Class "A" mishaps this fiscal year despite the SECDEF 75% reduction challenge. Not a good way to start a new fiscal year.
FY04 FY05 FY06 PMV Fatalities 14 22 30 Motorcycle Fatalities 4 9 9 Off-Duty/Race Fatalities 6 5 5 Note: Table made from bar graph.