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PLR 24-056 - PMV-2 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

A 33-year-old Captain assigned to Camp Humphreys, Korea, died in a PMV-2 mishap in Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea, at local. The Soldier was riding his motorcycle home from work and was reportedly involved in a traffic accident. First responders arrived on scene, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and transported the Soldier to the local university hospital. Upon arrival, the attending physician pronounced the Soldier dead. The specific circumstances of the mishap, including the accident sequence details, completion of the required Motorcycle Safety Foundation training, licensing, the Soldier’s use of personal protective equipment, speed or the involvement of alcohol as contributing factors, are currently unknown. The unit/safety points of contact are waiting for law enforcement to release its final report.

Since FY19, the Army has lost an average of 28 Soldiers a year to PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap was the 21st PMV-2 fatality of FY24 and above the number of fatalities for the same time last year.

Safety tip

Understanding Motorcycle Laws in South Korea
Before you rev your engine, familiarize yourself with the motorcycle laws in South Korea to ride confidently and responsibly. Riding a motorcycle in South Korea comes with specific laws and regulations that you need to be aware of to ensure a safe and legally compliant journey.

One important law to note is that motorcycles are not allowed on highways in South Korea. You must stay in the right-hand lane when riding in the city. City riding can be challenging, as drivers can be aggressive. It is recommended to ride on the open roads outside of the cities, where traffic is more predictable, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

If you plan to ride in South Korea, it is crucial to understand the traffic laws and driving regulations. This includes knowledge of traffic signals and directions, traffic lanes, right-of-way, speed limits, passing, driving through intersections and parking. Being familiar with these rules will help you navigate the roads safely and avoid any unnecessary accidents.

Motorcycle, Moped and Bicycle Safety Rules
In addition to the general traffic laws, there are specific safety rules that apply to motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles in South Korea. These rules are designed to ensure the safety of not only the riders but also other road users.

Some key safety rules to keep in mind include wearing a helmet at all times, using appropriate hand signals when turning or changing lanes and obeying all traffic laws. It is also important to be cautious around pedestrians, as they may expect vehicles to yield to them.

By following the laws and practicing safe riding techniques, you can have a memorable and enjoyable motorcycle trip in South Korea while prioritizing safety for yourself and others on the road.

Motorcycle Laws

  • No motorcycles allowed on highways
  • Stay in the right-hand lane in the city
  • Follow traffic signals and directions
  • Observe right-of-way rules
  • Adhere to speed limits
  • Pass safely and legally
  • Follow rules for driving through intersections
  • Park in designated areas

Motorcycle Safety Rules

  • Wear a helmet at all times
  • Use hand signals when turning or changing lanes
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Be cautious around pedestrians

Riding Safely in South Korea
Stay safe and prepared throughout your motorcycle trip in South Korea by following these essential safety tips and guidelines. Understanding the unique traffic laws and driving regulations in South Korea is crucial for a smooth and hassle-free ride. Here are some key tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be cautious around pedestrians: In South Korea, pedestrians may expect vehicles to yield to them. Always be aware of pedestrians and give them the right of way when necessary.
  2. Stay aware of other vehicles: South Korean roads can be busy and crowded. Pay attention to other vehicles around you, anticipate their movements, and drive defensively to avoid potential accidents.
  3. Follow traffic laws: Familiarize yourself with the traffic signals, right-of-way rules, and speed limits in South Korea. Adhere to the laws and regulations to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.
  4. Plan your routes: Before embarking on your motorcycle journey, plan your routes carefully. Avoid busy city areas where drivers may be aggressive, and instead opt for open roads outside the cities. This will not only make your ride more enjoyable but also reduce the risk of accidents.

Tips provided by Daniel Shakibaie Pack up and Ride
20 Tips & Laws to know before your Motorcycle trip in South Korea (packupandride.com)



  • 29 May 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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