The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced its 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.
First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent injuries and reduce property damage resulting from transportation accidents.
Some of the items the agency has put on the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements include:
- Eliminating distractions;
- Ending alcohol and other drug impairment;
- Ensuring the safe shipment of hazardous materials;
- Fully implementing positive train control;
- Implementing a comprehensive strategy to reduce speeding-related crashes;
- Increasing implementation of collision avoidance systems in all new highway vehicles; and
- Reducing fatigue-related accidents.
“The 2019–2020 Most Wanted List advocates for 46 specific safety recommendations that can and should be implemented during these next two years,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, in a release. “It also features broad, longstanding safety issues that still threaten the traveling public."
There are 267 open NTSB safety recommendations associated with the Most Wanted List items, and the NTSB is focused on seeing 46 of those implemented within the next two years. The majority of these recommendations, roughly two-thirds of the 267, seek critical safety improvements by means other than regulation. Of the 46 safety recommendations the NTSB wants implemented in the next two years, 20 seek regulatory action to improve transportation safety.
At any given time, the NTSB is managing around 1,200 open safety recommendations. The Most Wanted List provides the NTSB’s advocacy team and other agency communicators a roadmap to focus on a select number of recommendations.