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Transportation safety

NHTSA announces final rule requiring seat belts on motorcoaches

21 bus riders killed a year in accidents
November 21, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule requiring lap and shoulder seat belts for each passenger and driver seat on new motorcoaches and other large buses.

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FAA issues long-awaited new pilot training rules

Some are based on decades-old NTSB recommendations
November 12, 2013

Better late than never seems to be the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) reaction to new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules regarding pilot training. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman commended the FAA for finalizing the long-awaited rule, “which addresses recommendations stemming from accidents dating back more than two decades.”

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NTSB slams FMCSA for lax oversight

Red flags preceding deadly crashes were ignored
November 8, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the NTSB investigated. The NTSB said the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

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NTSB: Lack of planning caused Texas parade fatalities

Freight train struck float, killing four
November 5, 2013

A fatal accident in which a freight train struck a parade float in Texas last November was caused by the failure of both the city and the parade organizer to address the risks associated with routing a parade through an active grade crossing, the National Transportation Safety Board said today.

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Space invaders (driving fundamental #3)

November 5, 2013

We used to play a video game called space invaders where you had to destroy little spaceships as they appeared on the screen. While it pales in comparison to today’s games, it was pretty hi tech for its time. Space invaders can be a problem when we are driving, too.

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FAA loosens up on PEDs

November 4, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given airlines the ability to expand the use of personal electronic devices for passengers on board. That means you could soon be able to listen to your music or read books on an e-reader from gate-to-gate on your flight.

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NHTSA: US traffic fatalities decrease sharply this year

Motorcycle deaths buck the trend
November 1, 2013

The number of people killed in U.S. traffic accidents fell by 4.2 percent during the first six months of 2013, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Can you predict the future?

November 1, 2013

I'm not clairvoyant, but I can see into the future and so can you! The second Thinking Driver Fundamental is ANTICIPATE HAZARDS. (Editor’s  Note:  Visit for Spencer McDonald’s  blog on the first fundamental, “Think and Look Ahead.”)

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Airline safety

NTSB’s investigation into Asiana Flight 214 takes agency personnel to Korea

Hearing includes role of pilots in highly automated aircraft
October 28, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is convening a 2-day investigative hearing to discuss the ongoing investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and to gather additional factual information.

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OSHA enforcement

Safety whistleblowers sued by employer

OSHA orders “retaliatory” lawsuit withdrawn
October 24, 2013

OSHA has ordered Palumbo Trucking Inc. of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers of the commercial motor carrier who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

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