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HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
330 OLD NISKAYUNA ROAD
LATHAM, NY 12110-2224
Inattention or distracted driving... no matter what you call it, can result in tragedy. According to the Army, Class A mishap rates fell 10% over the past five years. A Class A mishap is an accident resulting in a fatality, permanent total disability or more than 2 million dollars of damage to equipment/property. The disturbing trend is that in FY17 the off-duty Class A mishaps increased by 9%. Private Motor Vehicle (PMV) mishaps accounted for the majority of the Class A mishaps. Those statistics include motorcycles as well as automobiles.
The National Safety Council provides many tools to help combat distracted driving accidents. They have training materials, on-line courses, and even a webinar to promote safe-driving practices. This information can be found on the NSC’s website, at: https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/get-involved/distracted-driving-awareness-month
Here are some general cell-phone statistics:
Leaders must ensure they are discussing these dangerous activities with their Soldiers. Operators of Army Motor Vehicles (AMV) are susceptible to the dangers listed above while on-duty. Any activity that takes your attention off driving is hazardous and may result in a Class A mishap.