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Board Meeting: Pickup Truck Centerline Crossover Collision With Medium-Size Bus - Closing Statement
Robert L. Sumwalt
NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center
10/16/2018

​In closing, I would like to thank the staff for your hard work. I also want to thank my colleagues for their preparation going into the board meeting, and for the good debate and discussion. My special thanks to David Rayburn, who served as investigator-in-charge. But nothing gets done around here by one person; everything happens through team effort. On behalf of the Board, a sincere “thank you” not only to the investigative staff but to the support and program staff as well.

The recommendations just issued and reiterated, if acted upon, will result in better federal level guidance for best practices and countermeasures.

They will also result in state programs in Texas that take a data-driven approach to reducing the disproportionately high impact of impairment on Texan road users, and will increase training access for front-line law enforcement officers in Texas.

Finally, they will result in passenger lap/shoulder belts as standard equipment in newly manufactured medium-size buses.

Relatively speaking, states are just now beginning to sink their teeth into drugged driving countermeasures.

I know it will not be easy to get to 0 impaired driving deaths.

But we can at least agree to make the goal a decrease in fatalities, not an increase.

We stand adjourned.