NTSB Issues Wish List of Transportation Safety Improvements
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is the government agency responsible for investigating civil transportation accidents, recently issued its annual list of their most-wanted safety improvements. The safety improvements include recommendations on a variety of transportation matters, such as how to prevent auto accidents and cracking down on unsafe bus operators, and represents the agency’s latest thinking regarding changes that can help save lives. The following is more information on several of the group’s highly desired safety improvements.
Auto Accident Prevention
The NTSB suggests that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should require manufacturers to include an array of accident-prevention technologies on new cars and trucks. Such technologies include adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control, automatic braking, and departure warning.
The NTSB asserts that a comprehensive solution is required, and technology such as ignition interlock devices and continuous alcohol-monitoring devices can prevent impaired drivers from driving while intoxicated. The agency also states that developing new technology that can promptly and effectively test drivers for drugs is essential.
The government agency proposes that states and regulators should ban the unnecessary use of cell phones and other distracting devices by those who operate trucks, cars, planes, trains, vessels, and buses. The NTSB adds that companies should create and enforce policies to eliminate driver distraction, and device makers should develop technology that disables devices when they are in reach of the driver.
In order to ensure bus operator safety, bus companies should take extra steps to make sure drivers are qualified, such as have drivers take regular medical exams by authorized physicians. The group also suggests new bus companies should be required to demonstrate their fitness before given the authority to operate by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
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