When you hear the term "Most Wanted" list, your thoughts probably turn to mugshots hanging on post office walls or true crime shows on television. Chances are you don't think about wish lists created by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). But that is exactly what the NTSB creates each year - their annual Most Wanted list, complete with what trucking-related regulations and motorist oversight they would like to see implemented at national, state and local levels.
Much of the NTSB's list for 2011 remained similar to this year's list. On a federal regulation level, the NTSB continues to target the trucking industry, hoping to reduce trucking accidents by:
- Requiring electric on-board recorders ("black boxes") for all commercial trucks
- Improving trucking carrier safety operations by removing unsafe equipment and unqualified drivers from the roads
- Preventing inadequate screening for medically unqualified truck drivers
- Using other enhanced vehicle safety technology, such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning systems, to prevent collisions
Many of the other items making the list asked for changes to regulations at the state-level. One of the new "most wanted" regulations on the list is mandatory helmet laws for everyone. The number of motorcycle accident fatalities outnumbered large truck accident fatalities in 2009: 4,462 motorcycle deaths compared to 3,380 truck deaths. Because head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents, according to the US DOT, the NTSB would like to see mandatory helmet laws created for motorcyclists in every state.
The NTSB's list also focused on seatbelt laws, hardcore drunk driving, teen driving and cell phone use and child safety restraints.
Source: National Transportation Safety Board announces annual wish list