NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


March 3, 2003

Washington, D.C.-- The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing on medical oversight of non-commercial drivers on March 18th and 19th. The hearing, which will start at 8:00 a.m., will be held in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, DC The impetus for this hearing is a series of fatal accidents that involved drivers with potentially impairing or debilitating medical conditions.

The two-day hearing will explore the following issues:

The hearing, chaired by Member John Goglia, is in support of several ongoing NTSB investigations, including a fatal multiple vehicle accident that occurred last year in Hagerstown, Maryland, involving a driver with an incapacitating medical condition. Additionally, the Safety Board will look at several other accidents in which the drivers involved were taking medications. The following accidents will be discussed as part of the hearing:

Parties to the hearing are: the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, the American Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, AARP, the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the American Sleep Apnea Association, the Alzheimer's Association, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the American Insurance Association, the Governors Highway Safety Association, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the National Conference of Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Federal Transit Administration.

Details of the hearing can be found on the Safety Board’s web page at www.ntsb.gov http://www.ntsb.gov/.

NTSB Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.