PLR 22-072 – PMV-4 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life
A Specialist assigned to Camp Humphreys, South Korea, died in a PMV-4 mishap 21 August 2022 in Pyeongtaek-Si, South Korea, at 0143 local. The USAG-Humphreys AP Provost Marshal Office was notified by traffic investigators of a possible drunk driving-related traffic accident resulting in a fatality. The driver failed to maintain their lane and struck a guardrail. The mishap Soldier (passenger) was ejected from the vehicle and found unresponsive at the scene of the accident and later declared dead.
Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 35 Soldiers a year to PMV-4 mishaps. This mishap was the 27th PMV-4 fatality of FY22 and below the number of fatalities for the same time period last year.
-One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate was at 90.3% in 2020. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017.
-Of those killed during the nighttime in 2019, 55% were unrestrained. In the instant you buckle up when driving or riding in the front seat of a car or truck, you cut your risk of a fatal injury in a crash nearly in half. That’s a massive return on the investment of the brief moment it takes to put on a seat belt.
-Seat belts are the single-most effective safety technology in the history of the automobile. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study of lives saved by vehicle technologies found that, between 1960 and 2012, seat belts saved more lives — 329,715, to be exact — than all other vehicle technologies combined, including air bags, energy-absorbing steering assemblies and electronic stability control.
-Every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that's one person every 52 minutes. In 2019, these deaths reached the lowest percentage since 1982 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started reporting alcohol data — but still, 10,142 people lost their lives. These deaths were all preventable.
Drinking and driving is a serious offense in Korea
-Driving while intoxicated (this means a blood alcohol level of over 0.05%) is punishable by imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of up to 3 million won.
-Driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05-0.35% is punishable by law, and those with over 0.36% are arrested and detained.
-Anyone who has been caught drinking and driving on three previous occasions is automatically detained, regardless of the degree of intoxication.
*Drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.05% to 0.09% will have their license suspended for 100 days.
*Those found with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.10% or more than 0.05% when involved in an accident resulting in loss of life will have their license revoked.
*Drivers who refuse an alcohol level test face cancellation of their license.