NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB announces preliminary agenda for substance-impaired driving forum

April 12, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced the preliminary agenda for its upcoming forum, Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving.

The forum, which will be held in Washington on May 15-16, will feature a series of panels comprised of subject matter experts from academia, research and advocacy organizations, industry, and state and federal agencies. Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will chair the forum, with all five Board Members participating. The topic areas to be explored are listed below.

May 15, 2012


The Substance: How alcohol and drugs affect the driver and how impairment is measured.

The Problem: Description of the individuals who drive impaired, the scope of the substance-impaired driving problem through crash/injury/fatality data, and the challenges in collecting the data.


Education and Outreach: The role of education and outreach in changing substance-impaired driving behavior.

Enforcement: How impaired drivers are identified and arrested and the role that insurance companies can play to "enforce" sober driving.

Consequences: The benefits and challenges that the judicial system faces in dealing with substance-impaired drivers.

May 16, 2012


Prevention: Proactive non-judicial measures to prevent substance-impaired driving.

International Perspectives: How other countries address substance-impaired driving and how those programs may be relevant in the United States.


Reaching Zero: Representatives from government, advocacy organizations, industry, and other key constituencies discuss the practical concerns and actions needed to eliminate substance-impaired driving.

A final agenda, including a list of participants, times and other details, will be released in the coming weeks.


Substance-Impaired Driving Forum web page: ntsb.gov/ReachingZero

Twitter: #ReachingZero

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