Speeding in a government-owned vehicle has been on the rise at White Sands Missile Range and can result in severe consequences, sometimes your life.
Randy Grunow, Installation Safety and Nuclear Surety director, said speeding in a GOV can lead to fines, points against your driver’s license and possibly suspended driving privileges. When a speeding ticket is issued by the installation police department, a copy is also provided to the employee’s directorate for action. Even worse, Grunow said speeding can sometimes lead to severe accidents. He can recall of one accident back in 2009, caused by speeding on an unimproved road, where the driver was killed in the accident.
“We have unimproved roads and rough paved roads throughout the range and speeding on these types of roads can be dangerous, especially if you hit a pothole,” he said.
Grunow said our desert surroundings can add to a dangerous situation when speeding on the roadways. Speeding provides less time to react or slow down when active wildlife like coyotes, oryx and jackrabbits, are on the roadway.
Grunow said there are less reports of speeding in the main cantonment area and finds there are more reports of speeding in unimproved roadways like Range Road Seven. It is against Army Regulation 385-10 to speed in a GOV. Grunow recommends drivers leave sooner, especially when road conditions are hazardous, so that they can commute in a safe and legal manner.
“Obey the speed limits…it is the law,” Grunow said. “Leave sooner, drive slower and live longer.”
According to Army Regulation 58-1, if an accident does occur due to speeding, it can lead to no less than a one month suspension without pay. The regulation also states that a government employee may be suspended for a longer period if the circumstances warrant it.
A Transportation Standard of Operations document provided by Karin Murray, White Sands Missile Range supervisory transportation operation specialist, states that when an accident occurs in excess of $100, the organization is financially responsible for the damages to the GOV.
“If you don’t follow the rules it could end up costing your organization money,” Murray said.
To revisit the Off Road Driving video, visit https://intranet.wsmr.army.mil/amteas/
To learn more about the Army Safety program, visit Army Regulation 385-10.