Five-Member Safety Board hears panelists presentations on substance-impaired driving.

Impaired driving alcohol testing devices explained at forum exhibit.

MADD President Jan Withers answering questions during impaired driving forum.

NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman with documentary film producer and impaired driving accident survivor, Harold Dennis.

NTSB staffer at forum exhibit featuring alcohol detection tools.

NTSB Member Mark Rosekind with Arlington Heights, Ill., Mayor Arlene Mulder.

Forum attendees interact with exhibitors at forum.

Terry T. Shelton responds to questions from NTSB Members.

Film producer Harold Dennis introduces a trailer for the documentary Impact: After the Crash about the worst impaired driving accident in U.S. history, which he survived.

Janice L. Pauls, Kansas House of Representatives; Chairman Debbie Hersman; Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, Arlingtion Heights, Illinois

Dr. Robert Salz of the Prevention Research Center talks about non-judicial approaches to preventing impaired driving

NTSB subject matter experts Danielle Roeber and Daniel Filiatrault address questions to panelists

Member Robert Sumwalt questions panel on non-judicial approaches to preventing impaired driving

Panel on non-judicial approaches to preventing substance-impaired driving

Gil Kerlikowske, Dir, Office of National Drug Control Policy, addresses forum.

D.C. P.D. Sgt Alex Pope demos one element of a field sobriety test.

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Dept Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile on display during the forum's technology and law enforcement expo.

Volvo's Alcoguard, a BAC measuring safety system, is demonstrated during the forum expo.

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May 15 and 16, 2012

Substance-impaired driving kills over ten thousand Americans every year and injures many more. Over 90 percent of all transportation deaths occur on our roads and one-third of these fatalities involve impairment from alcohol or drugs.

Since the invention of the automobile, policymakers, law enforcement, safety activists, and communities have struggled with how to stop substance-impaired driving; and it has been a major NTSB concern for more than 40 years. The agency has conducted special safety studies and produced dozens of accident reports generating over 100 safety recommendations on the issue. However, the Board has not made a new recommendation on substance-impaired driving in a decade. During that time, traffic deaths from all causes have dropped, but the percentage of those killed by a substance-impaired driver has remained unchanged.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is planning a May 15th and 16th forum on this issue. The forum will identify the most effective, data-driven, science-based actions needed to "reach zero" accidents resulting from substance-impaired driving. This includes taking a fresh look at the Board's previous work and assessing the need for updated or new safety recommendations. Panels will critically examine the knowledge, interventions, and public policy considerations needed to address this national safety problem aggressively.

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will lead the forum with all five of the NTSB Board Members participating. Expert panelists will include representatives of federal, state, and local governments; leading researchers, law enforcement, the judiciary, industry, treatment experts, and advocacy groups. It will take place at the NTSB Conference Center in Washington, D.C., on May 15 and 16, 2012. The event is open to the public and will include exhibits featuring the latest in technology and tools designed to keep substance-impaired drivers off the road. There is no cost to attend the forum and no registration is required. In addition, it will be webcast live on ntsb.gov. A draft agenda and list of panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.