About Navy Reports Fewer Off-Base Vehicle Deaths
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Navy Reports Fewer Off-Base Vehicle Deaths info
November 7, 2006
NORFOLK - The number of traffic deaths among sailors and Marines in their private vehicles sharply declined in the first month of fiscal year 2007, according to the Naval Safety Center.
Six service personnel died in October, compared with 19 during the same period last year, according to a news release.
"We are encouraged to see that the hard work leaders around the fleet have done, various programs we've instituted, and media and marketing efforts have had an effect," said Capt. Bill Glenn, chief of the Shore Safety Programs Directorate at the center.
At the current pace, the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, will be the Navy's lowest rate ever for off-base vehicle deaths, the center said.
Last fiscal year, 144 sailors and Marines died in private vehicle wrecks, the worst toll in 12 years.
"If we can continue the emphasis on safe driving and get our sailors and Marines to wear seat belts, drive defensively, get plenty of rest, and not drink and drive, we can make fiscal year '07 one of the best years ever," Glenn said.
The safety center offers a variety of programs to encourage safe driving. They can be found at its Web site at www.safetycenter.navy.mil.
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