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Holiday safety results released


American Forces Press Service

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force had the lowest recorded number of private motor vehicle fatalities during the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s time frame — one — to include the lowest number of automobile fatalities — zero.

It was also the first time in 13 years the Air Force did not have a single active-duty death due to any type of safety mishap during this time frame.

In comparison, the Air Force has averaged more than six fatalities to personal motor vehicle mishaps during this time over the past 23 years.

“Our airmen are taking the secretary’s and chief of staff’s memo on reckless behavior to heart,” said Col. Roberto Guerrero, the Air Force Safety Center chief of ground safety. “The lone airman, in the one (private motor vehicle) fatality that occurred right after the Thanksgiving holiday, was not at fault. He was struck by a non-Air Force drunk driver.”


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