Disregarding XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Army Regulation 385-10 isn’t just dangerous — it could be deadly. This regulation outlines proper safety procedures on the installation, including appropriate methods of conducting physical training and guidelines for pedestrians.
One major safety issue involving pedestrians is the use of listening devices while walking, running, and ruck marching, according to Richard Eppler, manager, Installation Safety Office. The use of these devices while engaged in any of those activities is prohibited by AR 385-10.
“The prohibition on listening devices in the ears applies to those on the road and also the sidewalk,” Eppler said. “The reason for this prohibition is to permit the pedestrian the ability to hear oncoming traffic and responding emergency vehicles.”
Pedestrians running, walking and ruck marching on off-limits roads is another problem on the installation, according to both Eppler and Wolf Amacker, Fort Bragg Range Officer.
These off-limits roads include those with speed limits of 35 mph or greater, four lanes or more, Longstreet Road (paved portion only), McKellar’s Lodge Road, Rifle Range Road and Hurst Drive (including both shoulders).
“People are out there all the time, but there is no PT or road marching authorized on (those roads) simply for the reason that it’s too dangerous,” Amacker said.
It is also dangerous to conduct PT, walk or run around Fort Bragg without proper clothing and equipment, according to Eppler.
“More and more pedestrians are not wearing bright clothing and an outer garment, such as a PT belt, with retro-reflective materials during hours of low visibility like darkness, rain or fog,” Eppler said.
PT belts and reflective clothing are two methods of ensuring safety on the roads.
Others include using sidewalks, closed off roads during PT hours, fire breaks and pedestrian tracks, Eppler said. Those who choose to walk on a road shoulder must face traffic and remain a minimum of 3 feet from the edge of the road on the shoulder.
Pedestrians and units conducting PT must remain alert when crossing roads as well. Eppler stressed that both individuals and small formations must use designated crosswalks, rather than crossing at their leisure. Runners, walkers and marchers shouldn’t assume that a driver sees them when they are attempting to cross the street.
“Wait for traffic to come to a complete stop in all lanes before crossing the road,” Eppler said. “These simple techniques can and do prevent pedestrian injuries and fatalities.”