Sasebo Sailors sit in on safety stand down
Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo Safety Department hosted a safety stand down, December 3, 2015. The event was held with support from the Sasebo Police Department, Nagasaki Prefectural Police Department and Nagasaki Highway Patrol.
The stand down was held in response to an anticipated increase in accidents on the road and at home during the holiday season based on historical data.
CFA Sasebo Safety Director Kevin Glapion and several police officers gave a presentation on road hazards and areas around Sasebo that are most accident-prone. These areas included places that would most likely affect Sailors on their commute to and from work. Local police were involved to give their perspective and help bring about a better understanding of off-base traffic safety measures to help protect Sailors and Sasebo citizens. This continuing partnership between CFA Sasebo Safety Department and local police has been strong and ongoing for many years, Glapion said.
“The partnership is working and we’re thriving together,” Said Glapion.
The safety stand down is only one of many ways in which the safety department works with local law enforcement to educate military and civilians on traffic hazards. They hold quarterly traffic safety campaigns, participate in traffic safety awareness parades, hand out fliers and perform crossing guard duties at off-base schools.
“The traffic safety stand down was very informative,” said Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Hale, assigned to American Forces Network, “but the real fun started afterwards with all of the simulation machines.”
In addition to the presentation, an earthquake simulator and a driving simulator were used to emphasize the importance of safety. Sailors that had the opportunity to use the driving simulator were challenged with dangerous and unexpected situations involving bicyclists, pedestrians, children, or other vehicles. Nagasaki Prefecture’s sole driving simulator is in high demand year-round at schools and colleges, and brings a unique capability to CFAS’s safety stand down. The simulator helps drivers practice avoidance of road hazards such as bicyclists and vehicles not following the rules of the road, children running into the street and jaywalking pedestrians.
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