Transportation Safety

NTSB has bold new goal: zero alcohol-impaired crashes

10,000 killed on U.S. roadways each year
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today unveiled an ambitious new plan aimed at eliminating alcohol-impaired driving crashes. The 19 recommendations contained in the plan call for stronger laws, swifter enforcement and expanded use of technology.

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Texting in traffic: Adults worse than teens

-and they admit that it's wrong
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Forget teenagers. Adults are the biggest texting-while-driving problem in the USA. What's worse — they know it's wrong. Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T provided to USA TODAY, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it's wrong.

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Booming sales of novelty helmets boost toll of motorcycle deaths

A FairWarning report
By Rick Schmitt
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The results were tragic but not surprising last May when Suzanne Randa and her fiance, Thomas Donohoe, crashed while riding Donohoe’s Harley Davidson on Highway 79 near the Southern California city of Loma Linda.

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Distracted driving only risky when others do it??

Survey finds U.S. drivers still using cell phones in large numbers
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It’s official: Americans are ignoring the warnings about the dangers of distracted driving and continuing to use their cell phones while behind the wheel. A new survey by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) -- released in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month -- shows that at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.

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Would you like me to watch out for your safety off the job?

By John Drebinger Jr.
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I was sitting in my car after church waiting for my wife. As I sat there, someone got into the truck next to me.

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Study finds high rate of construction work zone crashes in U.S.

Drivers, passengers more likely to die than construction workers
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Thirty-eight percent of highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

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NTSB: Trinity II crew unprepared for hurricane, misused liferafts

Four died, six survived accident with serious injuries
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The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the probable cause of the accident in the southern Gulf of Mexico was the failure of Trinity Liftboats (the vessel owner/operator) and Geokinetics (the chartering organization) to adequately plan and prepare for a rapidly and locally developing hurricane.

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Pilot caused crash that killed emergency medical workers, NTSB finds

Pilot made multiple personal calls & texted during critical decision-making period
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A pilot’s decision to depart on a mission despite a critically low fuel level as well as his inability to perform a crucial flight maneuver following the engine flameout from fuel exhaustion was the probable cause of an emergency medical services helicopter accident that killed four in Missouri, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said yesterday.

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Nebraska farmer turns anti-Keystone pipeline spokesman

New TV ads focus on potential for oil spills
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“Are you willing to risk Nebraska’s future for foreign profit?” asks one of the state’s farmers, in one of the national TV ads launched this week by a coalition of groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Indiana puts focus on roadway worker safety

New state program encourages contractors to develop work zone safety programs
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The Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) has launched a statewide safety initiative aimed at reducing workplace transportation-related deaths. In 2012, three Hoosier construction workers were killed while in a work zone.

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