Truman Aims to Wipe out DUI-Related Incidents

Story Number: NNS080711-18Release Date: 7/11/2008 10:41:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Moore

(USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea) (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) briefed its Sailors extensively about the importance of being responsible and warned against drinking and driving, just prior to the ship's planned operational manning leave period June 4-30.

Leaders believe the training helped result in no driving under the influence (DUI) incidents during that period.

"After returning from the last deployment [in 2005], within the first six weeks we had five DUIs," said Cmdr. Patrick Lacore, Truman's safety officer. "Over the course of the next eight months we had a total of 35. In response to this, the previous safety officer came up with the DUI fair concept.

"In just the first year alone the DUI rate was cut by 30 percent. Since then it has dropped an additional 15 percent."

Lacore attributes the DUI-free POM period to the concentrated training that everyone on board received the last two weeks prior to pulling back in to homeport. He also believes that the "Homecoming with a purpose" slogan used during captain's call aided in the "Team Truman" spirit.

Lacore named two other important methods that could be used to train and educate Sailors - khaki leadership that filters down through the ranks and repetition of all issues that need to be addressed.

"Drive it down to the first classes, from there to the second classes and so on," Lacore said. "And keep the information flowing. Touch on the subject often."

Truman's crew comprises roughly one percent of the Navy, yet last year the Truman made up approximately four percent of the Navy's fatalities.

According to information from Truman's Safety department Intranet link, the monetary consequences of a DUI in Virginia start with $900 bail and includes $75 dollars to get a car out of the impound, along with a $135 impound fee. After lawyer, arrest and restricted license fees, a first offender class individuals have to pay for and the court fines, the total runs up to around nearly $5,000 or more.

After returning to homeport, USS Harry S. Truman Sailors completed 27 DUI-free days. With a little planning and effort from all hands, leaders hope to completely wipe out the number of DUIs.

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