20 August 2014. PMCS Safety Issues Right-of-way Misc Fines Accidents. PMCS. You should always PMCS your POV and you must PMCS your TMP before traveling. Key items to check are:
Triangles and first-aid kits should be carried in the passenger section, not in the trunk of the vehicle. Failure to carry warning triangles or first-aid kits is grounds for withdrawal of U.S. Forces registration privileges.
TMPs will obey all rules from the previous slide except:
Drivers should also be aware that the Autobahn speed limit for NTVs (sedans, panel and passenger vans) has been increased from 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) to 74 MPH (120 KPM). Driving an NTV faster than 120 KPH on Autobahn stretches where the speed limit is greater or unrestricted is not authorized and violates official U.S. Army Europe and Installation Management Agency-Europe policy. The speed limit applies to all NTVs including Interagency Fleet Management System owned, remnant (Army owned) and commercially leased vehicles.
Units and activities authorized and assigned NTVs are required by regulation to affix the appropriate maximum speed limit decal on each NTV. It should be place on the inside, lower, right-hand corner of the windshield and be visible to those sitting in the front seats of the vehicle. They will be available through local Transportation Motor Pools. (Courtesy of the 104th ASG DOL Transportation Division)
- Plain and Simple – Use Them. It’s the law on-post and off-post.
- This applies not only to the driver, but all passengers.
- The driver will get a ticket, not the passenger.
The driver’s vision must be free of obstructions, and windows must be clean at all times. Under German law, drivers may be fined for failure to clean windows of snow or ice. The interior and exterior rearview mirrors also must be clean and properly adjusted for maximum visibility.
Driving while fatigued is the cause for many single-car accidents. Individuals taking medication should ensure the medication will not affect their driving ability. During long trips the driver should stop and rest, walk around, or drink coffee or fluids at least every 2 hours. Drivers also should make sure there is enough fresh air circulating inside the car.
The primary cause of fatal traffic accidents is alcohol. Drinking and driving in Germany is very dangerous and can be very expensive. Apprehension by the German police can result in loss of driving privileges, fines, and possibly imprisonment, depending on the seriousness of the offense and the level of impairment.
- In a heavy downpour, drivers should pull off the road and wait until the rain lets up. Sharp curves, streetcar tracks, and cobblestone streets are particularly slippery when wet. Signs 17 and 49 indicate that the road is dangerous when wet. Wet leaves on roads are hazardous when stopping and making turns.
- Drivers must slow down well in advance of a curve, maintain slower speed in the curve, and accelerate at the end of the curve (signs 5 and 6).
- To recover from a skid, the driver should steer in the direction the rear of the vehicle is skidding. To avoid skidding, drivers should drive slowly, avoid sudden acceleration or braking, and brake lightly to slow down or stop.
- Before driving in the mountains, drivers should check the brakes. Normally, traffic signs showing the degree of downgrade are posted (sign 14). Drivers should shift to a low gear before driving downhill. Changing gears while driving downhill may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The emergency brake is important as an additional means of stopping.
- In mountainous areas, landslides are an ever-present hazard, especially during the spring thaw and after long periods of rainfall. Signs are posted to warn drivers where landslides have occurred or are expected (sign 25).
- Drivers of two-wheeled vehicles must not cut in and out of traffic. The slightest contact with another vehicle may upset their vehicle. Accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles cause almost certain injury or death to the driver and passenger of the two-wheeled vehicle.
- The period from May until September is the tourist season in Europe. During this time, extra caution, alertness, and patience are required. Autobahn travel is extremely difficult during the start of school vacations, which vary among the German states. Persons planning a trip during the summer should check with a German automobile club to determine when periods of heavy traffic are expected.
- German law prohibits the manual use of mobile telephones when operating POVs or riding bicycles. Only “hands-free” telephones that allow the driver to keep his or her hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road may be used. This prohibition does not apply if the POV is stationary and the motor is switched off.
- When traffic signs are absent, vehicles coming from the right have the right-of-way at intersections, junctions, and traffic circles. This rule applies to motor vehicles, bicycles, and animal-drawn wagons. Excluding the exceptions in subparagraph b below, the right-before- left rule applies at all intersections regardless of the width of the street or the angle of the intersection.
- Soldier’s Deaths Hostile Fire (9/11/01-Jan 03) 30
- Soldier’s Deaths Vehicle Accidents (9/11/01-Jan 03) 344
- In 1995, Denise Wagoner was involved in a near fatal car crash, the victim of an impaired driver. She had multiple skull fractures, a crunched vertebrae, crushed ribs, and a swollen brain. Every facial bone was broken (except her bottom jaw), her arm was broken, and she lost her sight. Doctors did not expect her to live another 24 hours. Denise survived, later to have extensive surgery seventeen times, seven on her face alone. She is now disfigured and blind, with permanent brain damage. This life changing experience was the result of her own actions.
Denise was the impaired driver.
After the first couple of surgeries
After seven surgeries
After 15 surgeries
Her car after the accident…
Photos from Drunk Busters of America