In its annual Most Wanted List, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) lays out its focus for 2014.
The NTSB is an independent agency of the federal government with the responsibility to investigate transportation accidents. The board also conducts analysis and provides recommendations to improve transit safety across the United States.
In January, the NTSB released its Most Wanted List, defining its top advocacy and awareness priorities for the coming months. Some topics on the list include the following:
- Rail safety — For the first time, operational safety of rail systems appears on the NTSB list. Recent rail accidents in the United States highlight the need for safe mass transit by rail. The NTSB hopes to focus on communication and safety improvements to enhance passenger safety.
- Fire prevention — Fire occurs either as a cause or effect of accidents across modes of transportation. Vehicle, airplane, train and boat fires are dangerous and potentially deadly. The NTSB aims to increase safety by turning attention to fire prevention, fire detection and use of materials to suppress occurrence of fires.
- Occupant protection — The safety of passengers in transport is another broad area of concern for the NTSB. The agency estimates 35,000 people died in transportation accidents in 2012. Improvement in occupant protection systems could save lives and prevent injury.
- Impaired driving — More than 90 percent of transportation fatalities occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents. The NTSB estimates 10,000 people die each year because of substance-impaired drivers and almost 120,000 have died in accidents caused by impaired motorists in the past ten years. The NTSB hopes to improve data collection and address deterrence of impaired drivers through regulation, education and technology.
These are just four of the ten topics highlighted by the NTSB this year. Its sweeping agenda aims to decrease injury and death from transportation accidents.
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