Providing training to keep our Soldiers safe

Wednesday January 16, 2008

What is it? Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) was fielded in Sept. 2007 to standardize Army driver safety training through a series of mandatory driver training courses critical to the Army's Driving as a Life Skill campaign. The five courses (Introductory, Local hazards, Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisor) also fulfill regulatory requirements related to accident prevention.

What has the Army done? The primary means for completing these courses is through classroom training provided by contracted instructors at selected installations. An alternate delivery method is available on a single DVD from the Installation Management Command Safety Office. This method should be used only where IMCOM-contracted instructors are not available.

ATSTP also includes a mandatory Basic and optional Experienced Rider motorcycle course combining classroom instruction with actual motorcycle riding under very controlled conditions to maximize student learning.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? ATSTP administrators are firmly committed to supporting Army Senior Commanders for all their driver training needs. IMCOM is developing a mobile surge capability of trainers, motorcycles and portable classrooms to satisfy additional demands. IMCOM is also developing a centralized online registration system within the ATSTP website to make it easier for Soldiers and their supervisors to sign up for ATSTP courses. Until these capabilities are operational, Senior Commanders should continue to use local installation procedures to register Soldiers for ATSTP courses. Early identification of upcoming requirements, particularly while still downrange, will ensure that ATSTP training resources are available when needed.

Why is this important to the Army? Motor vehicle accidents and fatalities remain the greatest non-combat related loss category for the Army. In FY 2007, 109 Soldiers were killed in privately-owned motor vehicle (POV) crashes. ATSTP was created to reverse this disturbing statistic. The program is a joint effort between the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, which analyzed the loss history and designed the curriculum, and the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), which implements the program throughout the Army. One key goal of the program is to standardize driver safety training for all Soldiers and Civilians across all Army installations and commands. In only its second year of implementation, Army POV fatalities were 22% fewer in FY 2007 compared to 140 fatalities experienced in FY 2005.


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