European Joint Support Unit

European Joint Support Unit

To provide Firm Base support to Service Personnel, civilians and their families serving with NATO, the EU and elsewhere in Europe and Turkey, in order to facilitate success on operations

EJSU ROAD SAFETY

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Speed Awareness – Why Speed Matters?

Every year, driver speed contributes to:

• More than 75,000 crashes
• Around 1500 deaths
• Almost 20,000 serious injuries

Almost a quarter of fatal crashes involve
someone who was driving too fast.

Speed is a global issue

Road death is the biggest killer of young people globally.

According to the World Health Organization, speed is responsible for about a third of deaths on the roads in developed countries. In low- and middle-income countries, the proportion is even higher.

DRIVER DISTRACTIONS

Driving is one of the most dangerous activities most service personnel regularly undertake, on and off of duty: Operating a potentially lethal machine in unpredictable public and defence environments, so it requires full concentration at all times. Despite this, many drivers try to multitask – with sat nav devices, mobile phones or other distractions such as rowdy passengers or eating whilst driving, all can dramatically increasing their risk of causing a crash . It is estimated that more than two in five civilian crashes are thought to be caused, at least in part, by driver distraction. If you talk on a phone at the wheel when off duty either – hands-free or hand-held – your risk of causing an injury or death is four times as high. Use a phone to text, email or browse the internet and the risk is much higher still. In fact, the impact of using a phone on reaction times is on a par with drink driving. Yet a huge proportion of drivers put themselves and others in danger for the sake of a call, message or Tweet.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

It’s illegal to drive if you:

• Are over the drink drive limit.
• Are unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs
• Have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they have not
affected your driving)

IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND MOD POLICY TO OPERATE VEHICLES WHILST IMPAIRED THROUGH DRINK OR DRUGS!