The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released there 2013 "Top Ten Most Wanted List" Wednesday, November 14th 2012 reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). The list is a collection of the NTSB's top safety priorities. Recommendations are made to governing bodies and industry. Typically the list reflects recent concerns of the NTSB, for instance in a year where there are a lot if motor coach crashes you could expect to see some recommendations to governing bodies to screen drivers better and to industry to make the buses safer.
Most recently motorcyclists made an appearance on the list. In 2010 the NTSB took aim at motorcyclist safety and recommended that each and every State institute a mandatory State helmet law. Its important to note that the NTSB's recommendations are put into place 96% of the time. The MRF met with the staff and Members of the Safety Board aggressively over the following year to educate them on a comprehensive approach to motorcyclist safety. It worked, the following two years ('11, '12) the motorcyclist safety portion of the "Top Ten" was two fold. They recommended volunteer helmet use and just as importantly to them, a strong emphasis on crash prevention.
This coming years list does not contain any motorcycle or motorcyclist recommendations what so ever. They have recognized the work that is being done at the National, State and Local levels is working. Motorcycle fatalities are still less than they were four years ago. They recognize the fact that proper education and awareness programs work. The NTSB realize they have more pressing issues that they need to focus on and that the motorcyclist safety is in good hands, the right hands, the motorcyclists of Americas hands.
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman "Safety areas are dropped from the list when meaningful progress has been made."
Read the 2013 NTSB Top Ten list here: http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl.html
The NTSB is an independent government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families. Formed by Congress in 1926 their original charter was to investigate only airline and airplane accidents. In 1967 that charter was expanded to include; marine, pipeline, railroad and highway modes.
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