National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the final agenda, including invited presenters, for its Attentive Driving: Countermeasures for Distraction forum, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in the NTSB Conference Center and Board Room in Washington, DC. For the complete agenda with speaker names, affiliations, and bios, see the forum website: www.ntsb.gov/attentivedriving
The one-day forum will look at the broad range of distractions that compete for driver's attention, characterize the various distracted driver laws, and discuss the differences in how states have adopted restrictions. The NTSB also released a short video highlighting the issues to be addressed at the forum. It may be viewed here:
The forum, which will start at 8:30 a.m., is free and open to all and no registration is required. However, seating is limited, so plan to arrive early.
"Ours is a connected nation on the move," said Chairman Hersman. "Addressing attentive driving involves the twin challenges of American mobility and connectivity."
Related press releases may be found below: http://go.usa.gov/PB1
Feb 21: NTSB Announces Attentive Driving Forum
Mar 2: Leading Safety Experts to participate in NTSB Attentive Driving Forum
Accidents Related to Distracted Driving: The NTSB has investigated accidents in all modes of transportation and has seen distracted operations in the cockpit, on the tracks, on the waterways, and in every type of vehicle on our roadways - the cabs of large trucks, in motorcoaches, in school buses, and, yes, in every type of private vehicle.
August 5, 2010: Multivehicle collision on a section of Interstate 44 in Gray Summit, MO: http://go.usa.gov/PkA
July 7, 2010: Collision between Barge and DUKW, Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: http://go.usa.gov/PkM
March 26, 2010: an 18-wheeler collided with a 15 passenger van in Munfordville, KY: http://go.usa.gov/Pk6
October 21, 2009: Northwest Airlines (NWA) flight 188, Minneapolis, MN: http://go.usa.gov/PBN
September 12, 2008: A Metrolink commuter train collision in Chatsworth, California: http://go.usa.gov/Pkt
November 14, 2004: A motorcoach collided with a bridge overpass on a parkway in Alexandria, Virginia: http://go.usa.gov/Pkh
May 28, 2002: A BNSF coal train collided head-on with a BNSF intermodal train near Clarendon, Texas: http://go.usa.gov/P0c
February 1, 2002: A personal vehicle collides with two other personal vehicles, Largo, Maryland: http://go.usa.gov/P01
Related Blog Posts: http://safetycompass.wordpress.com/category/distraction/
Jan 26, 2012: We've Come a Long Way - and Have Farther to Go for Safety
Feb 24, 2012: Moving Forward on Automobile Safety
Dec 29, 2011: New Year's Resolutions That Can Save Lives
Oct 21, 2011: Saving Lives: Helping More Teens Drive Safely
July 11, 2011: Getting serious about distracted driving
April 13, 2011: Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel
Technical Panel Bios: http://go.usa.gov/PBi
The forum will also be webcast live on the NTSB's website. Webcast details will be posted when available, and webcast archives remain active for three months following the event. You can follow us on twitter@NTSB on #drivesafe hash tag for the forum.
Organizations and individuals can submit materials for inclusion in the forum's public docket. Submissions should directly address one or more of the forum's four topic areas (identified by the panel titles on the agenda) and should be submitted electronically as an attached document to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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