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NTSB CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING HIGHWAY SAFETY LEADERSHIP OF NEW JERSEY, TENNESSEE, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

September 30, 2004

Washington, D. C. - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners this week recognized the states of New Jersey and Tennessee and the District of Columbia for success in implementing the Safety Board's Most Wanted highway safety improvements. The Most Wanted list highlights the highway safety improvements that the Board believes will have a significant impact on reducing deaths on the roadways.

"Every day over 100 families get a telephone call or a knock at the door telling them that a loved one has been lost in a highway accident," said Engleman Conners at a meeting of State highway safety officials. "Our priority-one goal is to improve highway safety and bring each and every person on the road home safely."

Currently there are seven Most Wanted highway recommendations on the Board's list, including requiring children up to 8 years of age to be restrained in booster seats; providing primary enforcement of mandatory seat belt laws; implementing a 3-stage graduated driver's license program for young drivers; imposing nighttime driving and passenger restrictions for young drivers; enforcing comprehensive drinking age or "Age 21" laws; and adoption of a hard core drinking driver model program.

New Jersey, Tennessee, and D.C. have implemented six of the seven Most Wanted highway safety recommendations. Chairman Engleman Conners honored their achievements on Tuesday at the Governors' Highway Safety Association conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, presenting them with a certificate in recognition of "Successful Completion of Highway Safety Actions in Fulfillment of The National Transportation Safety Board's "Most Wanted" Recommendations."

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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.