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Could NTSB's "Most Wanted" List Prevent Car Accidents?

Each year, the National Transportation Board issues a list of "Most Wanted" safety issues - essentially, issues which, when addressed, will have the greatest impact on transportation safety. This list covers a wide range of transportation methods, from trains to airplanes and everything in between. In this blog, we take a look at a few items on the Most Wanted list, and how these issues could potentially be addressed in 2016. 

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1. Disconnect From Deadly Distractions

Distracted driving has become the poster child for negligent driving behaviors in recent years, and with good reason. According to the federal government's website, roughly 400,000 people are injured in distracted driving-related crashes each year.

Although 44 states have banned text messaging while driving, only 14 states currently ban the use of hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel. The NTSB has recommended a sweeping ban of all personal electronic devices since 2012, hands-free devices included. The agency also feels that public education is part of the problem, and seeks to better inform drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

2. Promote Availability of Collision Avoidance Tech

If you've seen a car commercial in the last year, you've likely seen a variety of automated collision avoidance technologies start to pop up. While self-driving cars aren't yet on the market, the technology in many cars can help compensate for driver inattention - the primary cause of rear-end crashes.

These technologies include:

  • Collision warnings
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Blind spot detection systems
  • Lane departure warnings

The NTSB has called for automakers to include these technologies not just in luxury cars, but as standard safety features in their entire lineups. The NTHSA agrees, and has announced that they are developing safety standards to rate the effectiveness of these systems. In 2015, ten major automakers committed to making autonomous emergency braking a standard feature in all of their new cars and trucks.

3. End Substance Impairment

It is no secret that drunk or drugged driving is a major cause of many auto accidents every year. Despite this, drivers make an estimated 112 million alcohol-impaired trips annually. Every state has had DUI laws on the books for some time, but the NTSB feels that more needs to be done.

Specifically, the NTSB has called for stronger countermeasures to help curb the rate of drunk driving, including more sobriety checkpoints and stronger laws. They have also recommended that ignition interlock devices be required for all DUI offenders to prevent repeat offenses.

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