A motorist heading to work recently witnessed a squad of Soldiers running on a co-use road in front of traffic. As the formation approached the intersection, the light for oncoming traffic was green. Vehicles were moving very slowly due to the inclement weather being experienced that morning. The car in the left lane swerved, and hit one of the Soldiers with the left front fender of the vehicle. The Soldier fell to the ground but was uninjured.
This could have been a catastrophe had the driver been going any faster. Multiple routes on Fort Drum are co-use for vehicles and pedestrians, thus increasing the risk of vehicle-to-pedestrian accidents.
Bottom Line Up Front: Soldiers conducting PT – especially during inclement weather – should not assume everybody sees them and they have the right of way.
The following areas are designated absolutely no running by any Fort Drum personnel at any time: Iraqi Freedom Drive / Enduring Freedom Drive; Conway and First Street; Mount Belvedere Boulevard; Nash Boulevard; Ontario / Oneida Avenue; Routes 26, 11, 283 and 342; Main Street Road; Munns Corners Road; and all on-post housing areas as well as LeRay.
Tigris River Valley Road is the only authorized PT / foot march crossing point between North Post and South Post. Only formations of platoon size or larger may cross and only with full unit integrity (commanders, command sergeants major and first sergeants excepted).
When marching or conducting physical training, commanders should maximize use of protected roads, off-road areas and trails.
The reflective strap will be worn by all personnel exercising in any manner on Fort Drum during or after established PT hours and when a Soldier is exercising on an individual basis. The strap will be worn around the waist during warm weather.
When the PT jacket is worn, the PT strap will be worn hanging from the left shoulder to right hip. Soldiers who are susceptible to or who have had a previous cold-weather injury should consult the Fort Drum cold weather leaders guide, (see appendix G, Fort Drum Pamphlet 600-5 (Blue Book)).
The use of headphones, earphones, cellular phones, iPods, or other listening and entertainment devices (other than hearing aids) while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating or skateboarding on roadways is prohibited.
Command Safety Office