The Navy Traffic Safety Program is mandated by OPAVINST 5100.12J of 7 February 2001. This instruction describes policies and provides guidance for the implementation of the Navy Traffic Safety Program. The instruction guidelines apply to motor vehicle operators, passengers, pedestrians and all persons at any time on a naval installation, and to active duty military both on and off duty.
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, international public service organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health. Members of NSC include more than 45,000 businesses, labor organizations, schools, public agencies, private groups and individuals. Founded in 1913, and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, the primary focus of the NSC is preventing injuries in the workplace, in homes and communities, and on roads and highways.
Driver Safety Courses
Motorcycles, Motor Scooters and Mopeds
Active duty and DOD civil service motorcyclists, etc., are required by OPNAVINST 5100.12J to complete the Navy Safety Center approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course or the Experienced Rider Course. A course completion card is required from the Pearl Harbor Pass and Identification office to obtain a permanent base decal for a motorcycle, motor scooter or a moped. For more information, call (808) 473-1166 or visit Motorcycle Safety.
AAA-Driver Improvement Program (AAA-DIP) Training
The Navy currently offers the AAA-Driver Improvement Program training in two versions to satisfy the requirements of the Navy Traffic Safety Program: VOLUNTEER AAA-DIP and 1st OFFENDER AAA-DIP. For detailed information, click on the following link or call (808) 473-1166 or visit Driver Improvement Plan.
Entry Level Traffic Safety Training
For military personnel under the age of 26 which meets the requirements of OPNAVINST 5100.12J is also available. For more information, call (808) 473-1166 or visit Entry Level Traffic Safety.
Seat Belt Use
Safety Seat Belts shall be maintained in a serviceable condition and shall be readily available for driver and passenger use. All personnel in a government vehicle shall wear seat belts at all times. All individuals in a privately owned vehicle shall also wear seatbelts while in/on a Naval installation. Individuals shall not ride in seating positions where safety belts have not been installed, have been removed or rendered inoperative, such as in the cargo areas of pick-up or flatbed trucks, vans or station wagons.
All children under age four shall use an infant or child safety seat in a proper manner. The center of the back seat is the safest place to install children's safety seats. Rear-facing Infant Restraint Systems must never be installed in front seats equipped with airbags. Booster seats are required for younger children until they are large enough to be safely restrained by adult-sized seat belts (over 58 inches tall or weighing more than 80 pounds).
Base Traffic Regulations
Speed limits on base are as follows: 30 mph, unless otherwise posted
15 mph in industrial and waterfront areas to include piers, wharves, dry docks, housing areas and school zones. The speed limit within the PWC CIA area is 15 mph.
5 mph in parking lots
10 mph or less when passing troops in formation
Ford Island Round-a-Bout: Vehicles already in the traffic loop at the Ford Island intersection have the right of way over vehicles approaching this area. Yield means stop for vehicles in the traffic loop. The loop is a one lane, one way (counter-clockwise) traffic area. Appropriate turn signals are required to exit the traffic loop.
Using a mobile phone, wearing portable headphones, earphones, or other listening devices while operating a motor vehicle or while jogging, walking, bicycling, or skating on roads and streets on naval installations are prohibited. The only authorized outdoor use is at the athletic field/track, or beach area not encompassing a sidewalk or roadway.
Base housing areas are considered as on-base areas for the purposes of the Traffic Safety Program. Bicycle riders are required to wear bicycle helmets while operating bicycles in on-base areas.
Don't drink and drive. The designated driver is not the one who drank the least. Designated drivers don't drink at all. Even sober drivers are affected by fatigue if they don't leave the bar until closing time.
Safe Driving Tip - Side Mirrors Adjustment
Some of the most serious preventable accidents occur because of blind spots while driving! Now there is a remarkable simple solution discovered by an engineer named George Platter. He presented his method at the prestigious Society of Automotive Engineers.
The National Safety Council tested his theory and discovered, to their amazement, that it works! The method has been fully endorsed by the National Safety Council as described in their September/October issue of Traffic Safety. Here's how it works.
First, forget how we learned to adjust our outside mirrors by plopping behind the steering wheel and turning the mirrors so that we just saw the side of our car looking back at us in the mirrors.
Instead, adjust the driver's side mirror by resting your head against the driver's side window and then turning the mirror so that you just see the side of your car.
Once this is set, move to the center of the vehicle and turn the passenger side mirror so that you can just see the side of your car from the center of the vehicle. That's it. You won't see your own car in either mirror, yet what you will see is far better. Cars behind you show up as usual in the inside rear-view mirror above the dash, but the instant the car leaves your field of vision from the rear-view mirror the outside mirror picks it up. No blind spot; no delays; no wondering where that car about to pass you has disappeared to, and no waiting a few seconds for the car that you just saw in your rear-view mirror to show up in your outside mirrors.
All three mirrors work in harmony with one another, and the blind spot has been eliminated.
Traffic Safety Council Initiatives
- Traffic Safety TF-1 (Customer Request) Process Flow Chart
- CNRH Traffic Safety Hazard Abatement Log
(Last Updated: 10/23/13)
- August 2013 is Hawaii's 4th annual Pedestrian Safety Month