The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released their most wanted list of transportation safety improvements all in hopes of preventing accidents, minimizing injuries and saving lives. Among their recommendations directed at states and other agencies for implementation is eliminating distractions and ending alcohol and other impairments to make highways safer for everyone.
Not surprisingly, the NTSB recommendation for eliminating distractions focuses on cell phone and other wireless communication devices, calling for distraction codes to be added to traffic accident investigation forms and banning the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices for all drivers across the nation. They specifically call for the development of formal policies to prohibit cell phone use by commercial driver’s license holders with a passenger carrying or school bus endorsement.
With regard to ending alcohol and other impairments, the recommendations call on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to compile more data, offer incentives to states to lower BAC limits, and accelerate widespread implementation of driver alcohol detection system for safety technology.
The NTSB urges states across the nation to pass legislation, regulations and procedures to collect BAC data for states that have low reporting rates. States should also require law enforcement agencies to collect last place of drink data as part of any arrest and require ignition interlock devices for DWI convictions. Overall, the NTSB recommends that states establish per se blood alcohol concentration limits of 0.05 or lower instead of the more prevalent 0.08.
The NTSB’s most wanted list of transportation safety improvements are derived from reams of accident data that show that distracted and impaired driving are behaviors that can lead to injuries and fatalities that are largely preventable. Taking aim at drunk and drugged driving, texting while driving and other distracted driving behavior can save lives.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Quad Cities area, contact the Davenport personal injury law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance at 563-355-6478.