2013-10-11 / Viewpoint

Columbus Day holiday safety

By Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson & Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger
U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon

Columbus Day is a distinct holiday that celebrates the discovery of our nation by Christopher Columbus. Each year we celebrate the voyage he and his crew braved to the land we all now proudly call home.

Many Fort Gordon personnel will make their own “voyages” to visit family and friends. Leaders, make the time to remind personnel the appropriate precautions to ensure an accident free weekend.

Our organization continues to feel the impact of privately owned vehicle accidents. Excessive speed, alcohol and negligent driving contributes to over half of fatal vehicular accidents. Operating a phone while driving, texting, dialing or accessing the internet is a careless act that significantly increases risk. Don’t drink and drive and don’t allow others to drink and drive.

Commanders will conduct safety briefs for their military and civilian workforce. All personnel, regardless of rank or position, are responsible for safety. Unit commanders will ensure vehicle inspections are conducted prior to the holiday. Drivers, be cognizant of weather and road conditions and prepare accordingly.

Take this time to enjoy the Columbus Day holiday weekend with your family and friends. Keep safety foremost in your mind and in your actions.

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