Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Drunk and Drugged Driving Among Top Concerns for NTSB

Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases a "Most Wanted List," a list of 10 safety concerns that warrants urgent attention and top priority status based on past accident investigations. The goal of the list is to increase awareness about these concerns and encourage those in the traffic safety and transportation fields of implement viable solutions over the course of the year.

The NSTB's goal to end substance impairment in transportation is on the list again this year and continues to be the focus, as NSTB has been working to educate parents and the public about the dangers of drunk driving for more than 23 years. To end substance impairment in transportation, the NTSB recommends additional countermeasures relating to post-crash data collection and the documentation and reporting of crash data, increased use of high visibility enforcement, expanded use of ignition interlock devices, and targeted measures for repeat offenders, including DWI Courts.

The NTSB defines substance impairment as not only alcohol related but also due to over the counter medications, prescriptions medications, and illicit drugs, as well.