Honorable Deborah Hersman, NTSB Board Member

Closing Statement
Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman
National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC - July 31, 2012
Motorcoach Roadway Departure and Overturn
Doswell, VA - May 31, 2011
(As Prepared for Delivery)


In closing, I want to recognize the NTSB staff for their hard work in bringing this report to the Board, in particular, the staff from the Office of Highway Safety and from the Office of Research and Engineering. Pete Kotowski, Investigator-in-Charge, and his team did an outstanding job.

Today we looked at the circumstances of one accident and one operator. While we recognize that there are many good operators safely transporting millions of people every day, we must be concerned about the unsafe ones that continue to pose safety risks.

Bus travel is our nation's fastest-growing form of intercity transportation. You can see for yourself, when you drive along I-95. Or, go over to Washington's Union Station and see rows of buses with hundreds of passengers climbing aboard for cities all along the East Coast. And, if you're boarding one of those buses, take a moment, look at the sign right at eye level. It says, "Watch Your Step."

Yes, passengers should watch their step, but it should also be the drivers, the operators, and the regulators who are watchful every step of the way to assure the highest standards of safety for those millions of people who rely on buses for transportation.

We stand adjourned.