Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP)

Artwork of a car crash.

Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) accidents remain the number one accidental killer of our Soldiers. During the summer months, accident exposure on the road will increase as people travel more often and for longer distances. Leaders must frequently remind Soldiers of safe driving practices such as wearing seat belts, driving sober, obeying posted speed limits, not driving distracted (such as while using cell phones), wearing required motorcycle safety gear, and to avoid driving while fatigued. Soldiers and DA civilians should use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPS) planning tool at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center website before driving on pass, leave or on TDY.offsite link in new window

Leaders must also ensure that all military and civilian drivers of Army Motor Vehicles and GSA vehicles take the online Accident Avoidance Course. Additionally, all Soldiers (under age 26) must attend the Local Hazards and Intermediate Drivers Training Course. All motorcycle drivers must also complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation approved motorcycle safety course. Two versions are available on Fort Hood, free of charge. Details for all required elements of the ATSTP are listed below:

The Army Traffic Safety Training Program (Building 4470, Warehouse Ave.)

The purpose of this training program is to provide continuity of Army Driving / Motorcycle Training Programs throughout the Department of the Army and meet the requirements as set forth in DoDI 6055.4 and AR 385-55.

Available Traffic Safety Training Programs at Fort Hood:

Congested traffic.

Accident Avoidance Course

  • Required for Individuals (military / civilian) driving Army Motor Vehicles and/or GSA vehicles
  • Must repeat the training every four years (Provide supervisor with printable certificate of completion)
  • How to enroll: Web-based training available on the CRC websiteoffsite link in new window

Local Hazards and Intermediate Drivers Training

  • Required Attendees: Military personnel under 26 years of age who possess a drivers license
  • 3 hour classroom course intended to reinforce a positive attitude toward driving
  • Course Schedule: Mon - Fri 0700 - 1000 and 1300 - 1600 (Except for Tuesday Morning)
  • How to enroll: Call the Fort Hood Army Traffic Safety Training Office at 287-4639

Basic Rider Course

  • Provided for Military Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve (DOD Civilians, DOD Contractors, Dependents and Retirees based upon space availability)
  • 16 hour course (two duty days) intended for the beginner/novice motorcycle operator
  • Classroom (5 hours) and hands-on training (11 hours range)
  • Prerequisite: Students must have DOT helmet and required PPE, IAW AR385-55M, and a valid state POV drivers license
  • Motorcycles will be provided for student training
  • Course Schedule / How to enroll: Call the Fort Hood Army Traffic Safety Training Office at 287-4639

Experienced Rider Course

Car broken down and worried driver.
  • Provided for Military Active Duty, National Guard, Army Reserve, DOD Civilians, DOD Contractors, Dependents and Retirees
  • 8 hour course (one duty day) intended for the more experienced motorcycle operator
  • Classroom (2 hours ) and hands-on range training (6 hours)
  • Prerequisite: Must have a motorcycle endorsement on state issued drivers license
  • Must provide personal motorcycle, DOT Helmet and required PPE IAW AR385-55
  • Course Schedule / How to enroll: Call the Fort Hood Army Traffic Safety Training Office at 287-4639



Excessive speed continues to play a major role in traffic fatalities. Speed involves not only exceeding the legal speed limit, but also driving too fast for any or a combination of the six conditions present in every driving situation (light, weather, road, traffic, vehicle, and driver condition). Drivers must adjust their speed accordingly and be extra alert for other drivers who may not be driving defensively. Plan all trips well in advance, to include consideration of adverse conditions that may be encountered.


Woman falling asleep while driving.

Fatigue is a factor in numerous privately owned vehicle (POV) accidents, especially during holiday periods. Prior to holiday periods, personnel frequently rush home after duty, pack their cars, and "hit the road" the same evening, so as to reach their destination sooner. Unfortunately, they are probably already physically and mentally fatigued when they start their trip. The probability of a driver falling asleep at the wheel under such conditions is high. The wise traveler will get a good night's rest and depart the next morning. When a driver gets to the point of noticing fatigue and drowsiness, fatigue has reached the acute stage. If the driver keeps fighting to keep his/her eyes open, the driver will eventually lose the fight. If you become sleepy behind the wheel, do something to stay awake. Five things you can do are:

  1. Don't drive more than four hours without a break. Stopping for a few minutes is not going to cost a lot of travel time.
  2. Avoid alcohol or drugs, but be sure to eat something.
  3. Listen to the radio.
  4. Play mental games.
  5. Avoid driving past your normal bedtime.


  1. Many adults drink and most drive. In our society, there is almost universal acceptance of the view that a couple of drinks never hurt anyone; therefore, hospitality, drinking, and driving often are believed to go together.
  2. Alcohol is a factor in approximately half of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States. When alcohol enters the stomach, it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and quickly reaches the brain. Judgment is impaired, a false sense of confidence may develop, the field of vision is reduced, hearing is less acute, concentration becomes difficult, and speech and balance become adversely affected.

    man drinking and handing over keys
    Some people have a greater capacity for alcohol than others. Some factors affecting the alcohol concentration in a person's body are a person's weight, quantity and kind of food in the stomach, amount of alcohol consumed, the time span of drinking, and the length of time since the last drink. As the blood alcohol content (BAC) in the body increases, the adverse effects of the alcohol upon the body become more apparent.

    A BAC of up to 0.05% will cause mild effects--a slight change in feeling. Existing mood (anger, joy, etc.) may be heightened. A BAC from 0.05% to 0.10% will cause exaggerated motion and behavior--less concern, mental relaxation and a decrease in finer skills of coordination. (A BAC of 0.10% is the legal intoxication level in most states, including Texas). A BAC from 0.10% to 0.15% will cause serious impairment of physical and mental functions--loss of judgment and inhibitions, making one clumsy and uncoordinated. A BAC from 0.15% to 0.50% will cause gross intoxication--unmistakable impairment of all physical activity and mental faculties. A BAC from 0.50% to 0.60% will normally cause coma. A BAC above 0.60% will usually cause death. It should be evident from the data presented thus far, that a driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle can be severely impaired even though the driver's BAC is below the legal intoxication level.

    It should also be noted that the body eliminates alcohol at a constant rate and that the process of elimination cannot be hurried. Cold showers or black coffee will not speed up the process--only time and the body functions can dispose of the alcohol.
  3. A host can be "first a friend" and then a host by serving drinks that are on the light side. If you are a guest, consider some advance arrangements as to how you will get home from the party. You should decide that one person in your car will not drink. Also, you may decide to take a taxi or other public transportation, or arrange to have someone else pick you up from a party and drive you home.

Seat Belts

Some convincing reasons why vehicle occupants should always wear seat belts are as follows:

  1. According to the National Safety Council, the seat belt/shoulder strap combination practically guarantees survival at impact speeds of 50 to 60 mph and will reduce chances of injury up to 90%.
  2. A person's chances of survival are 5 to 10 times greater if he or she stays in the car during an accident.
  3. Approximately half of all traffic deaths occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds of 40 mph or less.
  4. In addition to the above reasons for safety belt wear, Fort Hood and the state of Texas require the use of seat belts.

Motorcycle Protective Helmets

woman putting on motorcycle helmet.

Although protective helmets will not guarantee survival in all motorcycle crashes, the cyclist who wears a helmet has a far better chance of survival than the cyclist who fails to wear one. According to the National Safety Council, out of the more than 80% of reported motorcycle accidents that result in personal injuries, head injuries are the most frequent cause of death. Further, safety helmets can reduce the risk of fatal injury to nearly one-third of the risk without one. Fort Hood regulations require all personnel who operate or ride as passengers on motorcycles operated on and off post to wear protective helmets and suitable eye protection.


Over heated car and pedestrians on the side of a road.

Many Fort Hood Soldiers have lost their lives while walking and not paying attention to traffic. Pedestrians must be cautious and should look before walking into the street, even in a crosswalk. Pedestrians should never assume a motorist is watching. Pedestrians must also control their children in heavily congested areas and in parking lots to preclude tragic consequences.

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