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On March 29, 2017, about 12:20 p.m., a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck, occupied by a 20-year-old driver, was traveling north on US Highway 83, near Concan, Texas, when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a medium-size bus. The crash occurred near milepost 553.4, near the end of a right-hand curve. The bus was a 2004 Ford E350 Turtle Top Van Terra medium-size bus occupied by a 66-year-old driver and 13 passengers and operated by the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. As a result of the crash, the bus driver and 12 passengers were fatally injured. The driver of the truck and one bus passenger sustained serious injuries.
TO THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: Evaluate best practices and countermeasures found to be the most effective in reducing fatalities, injuries, and crashes involving drug-impaired drivers and provide additional guidance to the states on drug-impaired driving in Countermeasures That Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Safety Offices.
Original recommendation transmittal letter:
Open - Acceptable Response
Concan, TX, United States
Preliminary Report: Highway: HWY17MH011
Pickup Truck Centerline Crossover Collision With Medium-Size Bus on US Highway 83, Concan, Texas, March 29, 2017
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status:
NHTSA (Open - Acceptable Response)
Safety Recommendation History
We are encouraged by your efforts to identify new drug-impaired-driving countermeasures, examine the feasibility of a standardized field sobriety test for marijuana, update the relevant fact sheets, and improve drug-impaired driving reporting in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. These efforts show progress toward addressing this recommendation. Pending your completion and our review of the recommended guidance, Safety Recommendation H-18-57 is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.
-From Jonathan Morrison, Chief Counsel: NHTSA's Countermeasures That Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Safety Offices: Ninth Edition, 2017 points out that the most effective countermeasure to drug-impaired driving is law enforcement. NHTSA continues to support effective and efficient training methods for law enforcement personnel, including Drug Recognition Experts. NHTSA has a study underway on the current state of knowledge on drug-impaired driving, which may identify new countermeasures. We expect this study to conclude in late 2019. Another project underway, to be completed in 2020, will examine the feasibility of a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) for marijuana. If effectiveness is demonstrated, SFST for marijuana will be added to the next edition of Countermeasures that Work. We are also in the process of updating our Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheets, with publication expected in 2020. A challenge with drug-impaired driving is the lack of valid and reliable data on the scope and magnitude of the problem. NHTSA is working on improvements in the reporting of drug-impaired driving fatal crash data in our FARS data system, and this will be an ongoing effort. NHTSA also has developed messaging and a new public service campaign to inform the public on the dangers of drug impaired driving. NHTSA requests this recommendation be classified as Open, Acceptable Response.
On October 16, 2018, the NTSB adopted its report Pickup Truck Centerline Crossover Collision With Medium-Size Bus on US Highway 83, Concan, Texas, March 29, 2017, NTSB/HAR 18/02. The details of this investigation and the resulting safety recommendations may be found in the attached report, which can also be accessed at www.ntsb.gov. Among the safety recommendations are four new recommendations and one reiterated recommendation issued to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which can be found on pages 46 and 47 of the report. The NTSB is vitally interested in these recommendations because they are designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate a response within 90 days, detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement these recommendations. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendations by number. We encourage you to submit your response to email@example.com. If it exceeds 10 megabytes, including attachments, please e-mail us at the same address for instructions. Please do not submit both an electronic copy and a hard copy of the same response.
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