The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is a federal government
agency tasked with investigating transportation accidents involving certain
types of auto accidents, marine accidents, pipeline incidents, railroad
accidents, and other public transit incidents. Each year, the NTSB releases
its Most Wanted List of top transportation safety concerns.
This year's recently released NTSB Most Wanted List details pressing
national safety concerns, their potential for causing harm, and recommendations
for how to best address them and prevent casualties. The Top 10 list includes
safety concerns for substance-impaired driving, reducing aviation accidents,
improving rail tank car safety, requiring medical fitness for transportation
operators, and enhancing public helicopter safety.
Some issues on the list have continually been a top concern for safety
officials. Below we explain some of the more pressing concerns on the
Distracted Driving - Driver distraction has been referred to as a national epidemic, and it
has been responsible for thousands of preventable injuries and deaths.
While many states have begun to pass distracted driving laws, not all
states have them, and not all states have the tough laws needed to really
curb this problem. The NTSB wants to make sure drivers are free from distractions
while behind the wheel, and has called on states to pass tougher cellphone
and handheld bans.
Commercial Trucking - Commercial motor vehicles and 18-wheelers pose a danger to everyone who
ventures onto public roadways. Because truck accidents have been increasing
in recent years, the NTSB wants regulators to improve oversight of trucking
companies, drivers, and vehicles.
Mass Transit - Mass transit incidents frequently make the news, and unfortunately,
they commonly result in numerous injuries and deaths. According to the
NTSB, mass transit safety must be improved, as millions of Americans take
buses, subways, trains, and other public transit on a daily basis. The
NTSB advises mass transit agencies to better identify and mitigate safety
risks and adopt the use of newer safety technology
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