One Command’s Effort To Reduce DUI Incidents

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nicholas Miller conducts a breathalyzer on a Sailor at Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo Dragon Vale Housing CFAS has increased sobriety checks as part of a campaign to prevent drunk driving. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum)

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nicholas Miller conducts a breathalyzer on a Sailor at Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo Dragon Vale Housing CFAS has increased sobriety checks as part of a campaign to prevent drunk driving. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum)

STORY BY ENS RACHEL BLANKENSHIP, PAO, USS Shiloh (CG 67).

Besides the danger of Sailors causing harm to themselves and others, there are the legal consequences associated with DUI/DWI infractions. In Japan, a Sailor may be under the U.S. BAC limit; but in violation of Japan’s limit of 0.03 percent.

On USS Shiloh (CG 67), leadership sought to alleviate the risk of Sailors getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, even if it is the morning after. Long after drinking, the effects of alcohol can still be in one’s system. To raise awareness, Shiloh requisitioned and issued single-use, self-breathalyzer tests to each crewmember. The breathalyzer can help a Sailor determine if they should get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol; whether used upon leaving a bar or before getting in the car to drive to the ship the morning following a night of drinking. More importantly, if a Sailor thinks they should try the breathalyzer, it is probably time to make a better decision and call the command.

To encourage Sailors to make the call, USS Shiloh leadership instituted a policy that Sailors who believed they are too drunk to drive could call the quarterdeck and inform the command duty officer that they were unable to safely commute to the ship. The Sailor could be late without consequences, rather than attempting to drive and risk getting pulled over or into an accident. The policy is reinforced during all-hands calls and plan of the day notes to call the command when they could not make it to muster in time.

This program has already been used by a few members of the crew with great success. Additional breathalyzers are available to replenish the ones used by crewmembers. Since instituting the breathalyzers and call in policy there have not been any DUI/DWI incidents for USS Shiloh Sailors.

Shiloh is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

 

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