Safety Moment Driving Safety

If you look at the national trends for where accidents happen with Scouts, you will see that the trips to

and from the event are more dangerous than participating in the actual event. With that in mind, we


want to remind you all to focus on the basics of safe driving from a Guide to Safe Scouting.

1. Seat belts are required for all occupants.

2. All drivers must have a valid driver’s license that has not been suspended or revoked for any reason.

3. If the vehicle to be used is designed to carry more than 15 people, including the driver (more than 10 people, including the driver, in California), the driver must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

4. The drivers must be currently licensed and at least 18 years of age. Scouting youth (under age 18) are not insured under the Boy Scouts of America commercial general liability policy.

5. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers except in the cab.

6. All vehicles must be covered by automobile liability insurance with limits that meet or exceed requirements of the state in which the vehicle is licensed. It is recommended, however, that coverage limits are at least $100,000 combined single limit. Any vehicle designed to carry 10 or more passengers

should have limits of $1,000,000.

7. Obey all laws, including the speed limit. Driving time is limited to a maximum of 10 hours in one 24-hour period regardless of the number of drivers available. Driving time must be interrupted by frequent rest, food, and/or recreation stops. The intention is to include sleep and thorough rest breaks while traveling long distances. Don’t drive while drowsy. Stop for rest and stretch breaks as needed. Fatigue is a major cause of highway accident fatalities.

8. Drivers must refrain from using hand-held cell phones while driving. Text messaging while driving is prohibited. Hands-free units are acceptable, but must be used sparingly while driving.

9. Newly licensed drivers cannot play a role in troop transportation. The licensed driver must be at least 18 years of age.

Have fun participating in Scouting and get to the activity safely!

Allyson Nelson