A Sergeant assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died in a PMV-2 mishap 15 March 2022 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 1910 local. A witness observed the Soldier weaving carelessly through traffic at a high rate of speed when he jumped a curb and struck a sign. The Soldier flipped while on the motorcycle before coming to rest. Paramedics responded and the Soldier was transported to the local hospital for treatment. He was placed on life support and died 17 March. The Soldier was reportedly wearing personal protective equipment and had completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse
. The use of alcohol or drugs as contributing factors is unknown at this time. This mishap is still under investigation by the local law enforcement.
Since 2017, the Army has lost an average of 25 Soldiers a year to PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap was the 12th PMV-2 fatality of FY22 and above the number of fatalities for the same time period last year.
For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.
Speed also affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.
Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:
•Greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
•Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment.
•Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger.
•Increased degree of crash severity, leading to more severe injuries.
•Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and increased fuel consumption/cost.