Home Safe, Drive Safe, Stay Safe
By KBB.com Editors on February 14, 2009 9:42 AMAccording to the Veterans Affairs Department, soldiers and Marines aren't safe once they return from Iraq or Afghanistan. A troubling number of veterans are killed in car and motorcycle crashes soon after returning from combat zones; the Department of Defense (DoD) says motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among veterans in the early years after they return from deployment. The DoD, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are developing programs to reduce traffic accidents among veterans, emphasizing the importance of helmet and seatbelt usage, reducing speed and not drinking and driving. The Defense and Transportation departments have teamed up with NASCAR legend Richard Petty to teach safe-driving skills to veterans via Petty's Driving Experience classes, calling it the "Home Safe, Drive Safe, Stay Safe" initiative. "This is a worthwhile project to save veterans' lives," said Petty, NASCAR's winningest driver and known as "The King" to fans and family.