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STATE SAFETY OFFICE

HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
330 OLD NISKAYUNA ROAD
LATHAM, NY 12110-2224

NYARNG Safety Message 18-06

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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.

The 3 Types of Distracted Driving
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