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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in Veterans in the early years after returning from deployment.

Don't let that happen to you. 

  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Don't ride with a drunk driver.
  • Always wear your seat belt—driving, in the passenger seat, or in a back seat.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, always wear a helmet and ride sober.
  • Mile for mile, your risk of a fatal crash is about 35 times higher on your motorcycle than in your car.

You are home now.

Home safe. Drive safe. Stay safe.

Safe Driving Video

Photo of Richard Petty with text: Home Safe, Drive Safe, Stay Safe, Video 00:60

Racing Legend Richard Petty, Chairman of the Veterans’ Safe Driving Initiative, provides good advice on staying safe on the road.

As Richard puts it, “Ya’ll got home safe, so drive safe, and stay safe.”

About the Initiative

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Transportation, along with the Department of Defense, are combining forces to reduce the risk of motor vehicle crashes among Veterans, particularly those returning from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Richard Petty at the podium during the Veterans Safe Driving Initiative news conference

The Veterans' Safe Driving Initiative involves both an information campaign and a strategic research plan. Download the Veterans' Safe Driving Initiative Brochure (PDF, 2.32 MB) for additional information. 

Race Car Driver and Safe Driving Schools operator Richard Petty is the Chairman of the Veterans' Safe Driving Initiative, and is making a number of appearances in communities throughout the Nation to discuss driving safety with Veterans.