Drive accidents away
COMSFOR message to all SFOR personnel
As we await the onset of the Balkan winter, I wish to take
the opportunity to send each and every one of you a personal message regarding
road safety and security.
You are the single most valuable asset which SFOR possesses to accomplish
its mission in Bosnia and Hercegovina and Croatia. Each of you makes a
unique contribution to a mission which has gone from strength to strength.
Unfortunately we pay too high a toll in road traffic accidents. Even a
single accident is one too many, and I fully expect everyone to play their
part in working to minimise death and injury due to road traffic accidents.
Throughout the Theatre of Operations commanders are kick-starting their
winter driving safety campaigns and training schemes. Vehicle winterisation
programmes are ready to maintain the road-worthiness of vehicle fleets.
I feel confident that these programmes will act to reduce accidents and
casualties. Indeed, a concerted campaign last winter fully met the established
targets, despite one of the worst winters recorded for this region.
However, no amount of training or words can better the individual's determination
to make this a safe winter on the roads. Everyone from commanders to drivers
and mechanics has a role to play. All of you will need to remain vigilant
throughout the long winter months.
Drive defensively, reduce your speed, maintain your vehicle, learn to
tackle ice, snow, fog and rain. These are not just words - they are part
of a code of driving behaviour which will allow you to carry out your
mission and return to your homes and your families.
You are here to Stabilise the Peace - you can only achieve this by keeping
yourself and those who depend on you safe and sound. Let's make this a
Michael L. Dodson
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
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