Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released
its annual Most Wanted List, which features the top 10 transportation
safety concerns according to the federal agency. This year's list
included issues that included distracted driving, mass transit safety,
and commercial trucking regulations. It also listed a safety concern that
has long plagued transportation sectors across America:
According to the NTSB substance impairment in transportation continues
to be one of the most devastating and common causes of preventable accidents.
As part of its annual list, the NTSB cited a number of alarming statistics
that show just how dangerous impaired driving is; it's a factor in
thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
Addressing the Issue
One of the most distinguishing things about the NTSB Most Wanted List is
that in addition to raising awareness about transportation safety concerns,
it also calls for action and suggests ways to address the underlying issue.
The NTSB Most Wanted List proposed the following improvements to address
- Stronger impaired driving laws
- Increased use of high-visibility enforcement
- Expanded use of existing technology, including ignition interlock devices
- Development of new technology to deter alcohol/drug impairment
All of the suggestions, while no easy feat to implement nationally, have
been enacted to some degree in many states and jurisdictions over time.
Today, impaired driving laws and enforcement of those laws are stronger
than they have ever been. Still, the NTSB wants them to go even further.
Recently, the agency even suggested lowering the BAC legal limit from
.08 to .05.
In addition to stronger laws, authorities have begun making DUI enforcement
a top priority. This means that more officers are looking for signs of
impaired drivers and giving motorists little leniency. Ignition interlock
devices have also been adopted as a common punishment and impaired driving
deterrent. Make no mistake that drunk and drugged driving is high on the
list of concerns for safety officials, law enforcement, and lawmakers.
Authorities are on high alert for impaired drivers, and the law punishes
If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI in Orange County and
would like to learn more about defending yourself from the penalties at stake,
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