Health & Safety

May 3, 2013

Drive hammered, get nailed – twice for military

Making the choice to drink and drive can negatively affect not only possible victims but also a career, family and future endeavors. For the military member, there is another layer of woes to consider.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related crash every 33 minutes. In addition, Americans have on average a 30-percent chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver during their lifetime.

Drinking and driving can be fatal, but the cost is also great if just caught.

“The consequences of driving under the influence can vary depending on the circumstances,” said Capt. Julie Beyer, 56th Fighter Wing chief of military justice. “With an off-base DUI, an Airman is likely looking at spending a night in jail, a conviction, thousands of dollars in fines and other fees, the installation of an ignition interlocking device, suspended driving privileges, and face administrative action from his commander.”

Similarly, for an on-base DUI or an off-base DUI in which the Air Force has received jurisdiction, an Airman could face a court-marital or an Article 15.

“A court marital can include six months in jail, reduction of rank to E-1, loss of 2/3 pay per month for up to six months and hard labor,” Beyer said. “An Article 15 action can include reduction in rank, loss of half a month’s pay for two months, up to 45 days extra duty and 60 days restriction to base. Commanders also have the option of having the Airman install the ignition interlocking device on their vehicle for up to six months.”

To prevent DUIs and save lives, Luke Air Force Base has a program available to get Airmen home safely.

“The program is called Airman Against Drunk Driving,” said Tech. Sgt. Keith Farmer, 56th Maintenance Group quality assurance chief inspector and 56th FW AADD program manager. “It’s 100-percent anonymous, which means no information is reported back to the individual’s squadron commander or supervisor. All we need is a name, location and number when someone calls.”

There is also an option to have an individual’s vehicle driven home.

“Ninety-five percent of the time we have two people on call for AADD, so if you ask we can also drive your vehicle home,” Farmer said.

Although the program is designed to help Airmen, Beyer encourages everyone to use it as a backup plan.

“Make a plan before going out,” Beyer said. “Have a designated driver, or call a taxi or a friend to come get you. It’s also important to know your limit and stick with it and when all other plans fall through call AADD.”

AADD can be reached at (623) 856-AADD and is available 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Additionally, AADD is always looking for volunteers.

“If you’ve used the service in the past and would like to give back or just volunteer, please call or email your squadron’s AADD representative or email us at luke.aadd@us.af.mil,” Farmer said.

For those who’d like to use off-base services around the local area, the following are available:

BeMyDD is a service that includes driving an individual and their car home for them. Reservations can be made at (877) 823-6933.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-Standalone---140411-F-HT977-026

Weather: Exercise component

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for ...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Plane crash, coma doesn’t deter pilot

Courtesy photo Retired Capt. David Berling, 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, stands in front of his 1977 Cessna RG March 23, 2012, at the Glendale Airport. Berling lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash, the subject ...
 
 

Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily...
 

 

Preparing for next rank makes successful Airmen

As Airmen we have many responsibilities and duties we must carry out in accordance with our jobs. According to AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, our responsibilities are as follows: junior enlisted Airmen initially focus on adapting to military requirements, achieving occupational proficiency and learning how to become highly productive members of the Air Force....
 
 
Senior Airman
JASON COLBERT

Energy office helps keep lights on

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Master Sgt. Adam Kelley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager, explains the value of low wattage light bulbs to Robert Wimp at the Energy Conservation Month booth April 9 at Luke Air Force...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler relinquishes command of the 310th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner at 8:31 a.m. today in Hangar 913. Days of Remembrance The 2014 Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust Victims is May 2 at Club Five Six. A Holocaust exhibit of masks of holocaust survivors and paintings...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin