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Private vehicle crashes cause the highest number of fatalities in the U.S. military. In 2008, more sailors were killed in motorcycle crashes than in car crashes, and that trend continues today. Sailors are stationed around the world, and riding a motorcycle in a foreign country is usually more hazardous than riding in the United States.
In 2015, a comprehensive motorcycle safety program was initiated at Naval Support Facility Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. The program included skills training, quarterly meetings, special motorcycle events, ongoing communication and reinforcement of messaging, and a mentorship program for new riders. Mentorship helped both the mentor and protégé with their safety focus.
The program was seen as a benefit by both the registered riders on base and the host nation (Greek) community – who attended the base training and are now identifying instructors as well, reinforcing motorcycle safety throughout the island of Crete. In 2016 there were 30 days lost time due to five crashes; by 2017 there were no lost time days attributed to registered riders on the base.
Project ChildSafe Communities is actively working to protect children and adults from preventable gun deaths. The program focuses on firearms safety education in cities with high levels of accidents, theft and suicides. In 2016, more than 3,000 people age 24 and younger in the U.S. died from accidental firearm discharges and firearms-related suicide.
Project ChildSafe Communities has been addressing the issue for more than a decade by providing more than 37 million free firearm safety kits – which include a gun lock – nationwide. In addition, the program has been dedicated to suicide prevention education, has worked to develop gun lock safety standards and has promoted responsible gun ownership messages to people throughout the country.
Schneider has long been regarded as a safety leader in the transportation industry, with safety as a core value permeating throughout the company. Recognizing the unique danger of a rear-end collision, Schneider began implementing a Collision Mitigation System (CMS) in 2012. The CMS uses forward-looking, radar-based systems to monitor distance, speed and deceleration of the vehicle ahead to supplement the driver's reaction.
Today, over 95% of Schneider's company trucks are equipped with collision mitigation. Since implementation, Schneider has operated over 3 billion miles, and recognized a 68% decrease in rear end collisions and a 95% reduction in severity.
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