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Most Wanted 2012: The NTSB's New Safety Recommendations, Part 2

Last week the NTSB released its "Most Wanted" list for 2012. The list looks at ten of the biggest areas of improvement involving transportation safety. While the NTSB's list is only advisory, it represents expert insight into the biggest transportation-related risks facing Florida and the rest of the country.

This is the second of two posts to look at the NTSB's new list. The last post covered the agency's recommendations regarding distracted driving and commercial bus operators.

Unsurprisingly, drunk driving is still on the list this year. As the many victims of drunk driving accidents know all too well, impaired drivers can cause catastrophic crashes - despite widespread awareness of these risks, drunk driving remains one of the biggest causes of traffic fatalities year after year. The NTSB's new recommendations push for a more comprehensive approach.

Similar to distracted driving, the NTSB's favored solution seems to be mandatory technology in cars, including ignition interlocks and alcohol monitoring devices. Either approach would prevent impaired people from driving a vehicle.

The rest of the NTSB's list runs the gamut of transportation. Two of the recommendations deal with aviation dangers. Airport runways could benefit from improved and more communicative technologies to keep pilots and ground crew more connected information. Small aircraft are still involved in too many crashes - the NTSB points to inadequate pilot knowledge and training as areas that need improvement. Several other recommendations look at trains, ferries, pipelines, and aging infrastructure.

Source: Washington Post, "NTSB lists most-wanted transportation safety improvements," Nov. 14, 2012 

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