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NTSB's Newest 'Most Wanted List' of Safety Improvements

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently unveiled its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, which included several related to public transportation, as a way to bring greater attention to the board’s top priority for strengthening public safety.

“Since 1990 our annual Most Wanted List has been our roadmap from lessons learned to lives saved,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart. “It represents actions which, if taken, will save lives and reduce the number of people injured and amount of property damaged in transportation accidents.”

In addition, the agency moved to a two-year cycle for issuing the list instead of publishing it annually, a change officials said will give transportation advocates, regulatory agencies and individuals more time to address the 10 issues on the list.

The list includes these transit-related priorities: reducing fatigue-related accidents, increasing implementation of collision avoidance technologies, improving rail transit safety oversight, strengthening occupant protection, expanding the use of event recorders, requiring medical fitness, eliminating distractions and ending alcohol and other drug distractions.

In commenting on which NTSB priorities make the list, Hart said, “The extent to which an improvement can help save lives and reduce injuries is a factor, but not the only factor. If it were, all of the items would relate to highway crashes, where the vast majority of transportation deaths and injuries occur.”

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