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ASSE wants tougher standard for impaired driving

Legal impairment standard would go from blood alcohol level of .08% to .05%
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The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is backing the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) effort to encourage states to reduce the legal standard of driver impairment due to alcohol consumption, as measured by blood-alcohol content (BAC), from 0.08% to 0.05%.


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Fewer airplane crashes in 2013

However -- first fatalities on U.S. airlines and commuters in three years
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released preliminary aviation accident statistics which show an overall decline in the number of US registered civil aviation accidents. The number of civil aviation accidents fell from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013.


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Anatomy of an aviation accident

NTSB finds mismanagement, poor communication behind fatal 2013 UPS plane crash

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Today the National Transportation Safety Board determined that UPS flight 1354 crashed because the crew continued an unstabilized approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala. In addition, the crew failed to monitor the altitude and inadvertently descended below the minimum descent altitude when the runway was not yet in sight.


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More pilots using potentially impairing meds, illegal drugs

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In a study on the prevalence of drug use by pilots who died in crashes, the NTSB found an upward trend in the use of both potentially impairing medications and illicit drugs. Almost all of the crashes – 96 percent – were in general aviation.


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Safety helps you globally

By John Drebinger Jr.
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Last week, I arrived in Paris, France, as I spoke at the French Professional Speaker's Association Convention.


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Reinstatement ordered for trucker fired for refusing to drive unsafe truck

Vehicle had inadequate tire tread
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An Oregon trucker wrongly fired for refusing to drive an unsafe vehicle will get her job back, plus reimbursement for back wages and compensation for fees associated with the case, after an OSHA investigation.


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Pilots association is kicked out of NTSB’s plane crash investigation

“It doesn’t matter who started it”
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revoked the party status of both the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines from its ongoing investigation of UPS Flight 1354, an A300-600 air cargo flight that crashed on approach to Birmingham, Ala., last August.


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Michigan truck drivers fired after raising safety concerns

Asphalt Specialists, Inc. ordered to pay $1 mill+ in damages
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Asphalt Specialists Inc. has been found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act for wrongfully terminating a foreman and two truck drivers who had raised safety concerns after being directed to violate U.S. Department of Transportation mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers.


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Two work zone crashes in eight days have Minnesota on alert

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Two crashes this month involving highway work zones in Minnesota highlight the need for motorists to pay attention and follow directions.


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DOT starts rulemaking process for vehicle-to-vehicle communications

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Monday released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and a supporting comprehensive research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology.


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