riding in a private motor vehicle on any naval base. This
restriction applies even when a state has child safety seat
laws that differ from the Navys requirements.
The operator of the vehicle is responsible
for informing all passengers of the safety belt,
child safety seat, and protective equipment
requirements of the Navy Traffic Safety
Program. That means, as an operator of a
motor vehicle, you must make sure your
passengers BUCKLE UP!
The Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET)
is required to provide all military personnel under the
age of 26 who have a drivers license or who are required
to operate a government motor vehicle with a minimum
of 8 hours of classroom instruction in traffic safety. This
training may be provided during recruit training or at
their first duty station.
You may be required to attend such a course if you
are found at fault in a traffic mishap while operating a
government motor vehicle. You may also be required to
attend such a course if you have been convicted of
serious moving traffic violations in a government or
private vehicle on base.
The Commander, Naval Safety Center (COMNAV-
SAFECEN) certifies instructors who conduct the
American Automobile Associations Driver Improve-
ment Program at commands throughout the Navy.
Individuals must not be assigned as drivers of
Navy police vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, and crash
and rescue vehicles until they have successfully
completed the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administrations Emergency Vehicle Operator Course
(EVOC). This course is conducted by a COMNAV-
SAFECEN approved instructor. This training is to be
repeated every 3 years thereafter to ensure competency
in the safe operation of such vehicles.
Alcohol seriously affects a persons ability to
operate a motor vehicle. Alcohol is the leading
contributing factor in motor-vehicle-related deaths and
injuries. Small amounts of alcohol (one beer or a mixed
drink) can affect a persons judgment and motor skills.
The best defense is dont drive after drinking (fig.
10-4). Make arrangements for alternate forms of
transportation (for example, call a taxi or a friend, or
designate someone to drive who is not going to drink).
You are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol
in your possession while operating or as a passenger in
a motor vehicle on any naval installation.
The Navy Traffic Safety Program also pertains to
pedestrians. Personnel are not authorized to jog on
main roads and streets on naval installations with high
traffic density and during peak traffic periods. Local
commanders are required to define and publish the peak
traffic periods of the locale and the roads and streets with
If possible, avoid jogging on roads and streets on
naval installations; use defined jogging facilities or
routes when available. When jogging on roads and
streets, jog in patrolled areas and wear light-colored
clothing. During periods of reduced visibility (for
example, at night or during fog or rain), wear reflective
clothing. Jog facing traffic and obey traffic rules and
Appropriate fluorescent or reflective personal
protective equipment must be provided to and used by
all personnel who are exposed to traffic hazards in their
assigned duties. This requirement involves traffic
control personnel, roadway maintenance and
construction crews, and electricians and telephone
repair personnel working on overhead lines.
Portable entertainment devices, such as miniature
headset radios, cassette players, or other devices with
headphones, can be dangerous. Not only do they
produce hazardous noise if turned up to full volume, but
they can cause mishaps. People have been killed while
walking on train tracks or along roadways because they
could not hear horns or warnings.
The use of portable headphones, earphones, or other
listening devices is prohibited on roadways, sidewalks,
and shoulders along roadways on all naval facilities
while operating a motor vehicle, jogging, walking,
bicycling, or skating. That does not include the use of
hearing aids or hearing-protective equipment, nor does
it negate the requirement for wearing hearing-protective