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Washington, D.C. - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today urged New Jersey-based motorcoach executives to take action when accidents occur and make safety improvements that will bring the industry closer to an accident-free environment.
Addressing the 2008 annual membership meeting of the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association (GNJMA) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Rosenker focused on some of the most notable highway accidents in recent years and the safety recommendations that have resulted from the NTSB investigations.
Rosenker pointed out that tragedies like the collapse of the Boston "Big Dig" tunnel ceiling panel and the Minneapolis bridge not only attract huge amounts of media attention, but also shake Americans' confidence in their nation's roadways. "[O]ur job [at the NTSB] is to restore the confidence of the traveling public after a major transportation disaster by conducting an unbiased, independent investigation to determine the cause of the accident and find solutions to prevent it from happening again."
In his closing remarks, Rosenker called on the New Jersey motorcoach industry executives to "find a maintenance improvement, implement a new operational policy, provide better training, embrace a new technology, but take action and do something different." Rosenker concluded by saying, "Therefore, my charge to you is, when accidents occur, which they inevitably will, take action, and do something to make your company a safer place for your passengers, your employees, your families, and your community."
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