NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


December 15, 2005

Washington, DC -- In an effort to highlight the importance of safe, sober driving this holiday season National Transportation Board Members participated today in Mother's Against Drunk Driving's "Tie One On For Safety" event held in Washington, D.C.'s L'Enfant Plaza.

Every year over 90 percent of transportation fatalities occur on the nation's highways and alcohol is involved in almost 40% of those fatalities. NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker stated, "So many accidents that we investigate involve a complex solution but this is one issue where the answer is simple -- don't drink and drive."

Acting Chairman Rosenker and Member Debbie Hersman joined Glynn Birch, National President of MADD in tying ribbons on their vehicles as a reminder that alcohol related crashes are both devastating and avoidable.

"Today all the Members of the National Transportation Safety Board are tying ribbons on our personal cars to commemorate those who have been lost in drunk driving accidents and to rededicate ourselves to solving this most preventable of tragedies," said Rosenker.

For more than thirty years the Board has made recommendations aimed at deterring drunk driving, and eliminating hard core drinking and driving is currently on the Board's Most Wanted safety improvements list.

Detailed information about the Board's recommendations and the Most Wanted list are on our website, www.ntsb.gov.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



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.