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    War's aftermath & vehicle crashes

    An interesting article from the Washington Post addresses the significant increase in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities among veterans returning from combat. In brief, many of the driving behaviors that are encouraged and beneficial in a war zone are anything but good when they get home -- and that, by failing to address this, we're failing troops.

    Virginia used to capture employment information as part of the FR300 Crash Report, but they took that question out several years ago. I haven't really looked at it myself, but the data sources in the article seem reasonable. I know that cops have some terrible driving habits on and off duty; after all, just to begin with we're doing everything we tell you not to do... we're listening to at least 1, usually 2 radios, talking on them, sometimes monitoring a radar unit, looking all around, and so on... These habits carry over into off-duty driving. (And a fair few of us can tend to have a rather heavy touch on the accelerator pedal, I must admit.) We often don't wear seat belts on the job (I'm a minority in my area, in that I regularly do...), justifying it by saying we might have to get out of the car quickly. I know officers who carry that habit over to their POVs... I suspect that all that saves us from being in crashes is that we have so much practice at it, in the conditions of the roads... and maybe some that do happen are handled more discretely.

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    Yep, common over on this side of the pond too.
    The armed forces over here used to raise this as part of their troops post operational debrief some years ago but I'm not sure if they still do.
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    Interesting. Never considered this.
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    I know that it is discussed w/i the military here. I think there is also a little bit of needing that rush again. It can be easy to get addicted to, hence the term adrenaline junkie. Driving isn't the only risky behavior that troops will engage in, and when you also throw in the propensity for alcohol use/abuse, you have a disaster waiting to happen. I think that there is a lot lacking in how we service our troops returning from over seas and/or separating from the service.
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