The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it will release its 2013 Most Wanted List next Wednesday, November 14, at a press conference in Washington D.C. The Most Wanted List highlights the NTSB's advocacy priorities for the year. Generally speaking, the list is meant to increase the attention paid to issues involving transportation accidents and safety. The list is accompanied by safety recommendations that the NTSB believes would save lives if adopted.
The NTSB has done significant work to draw attention to the items highlighted on the 2012 Most Wanted List. The issues for 2012 were as follows:
- Addressing human fatigue
- General aviation safety
- Safety management systems
- Runway safety
- Bus occupant safety
- Pilot and air traffic controller professionalism
- Teen driver safety
- Addressing alcohol-impaired driving
- Motorcycle safety
Some issues, such as improving motorcycle safety, have appeared on multiple NTSB Most Wanted Lists over the years. Others represent new areas of focus in the effort to reduce transportation accidents and save lives. Each new target represents a chance for state officials, government agencies, individuals and industries as a whole to work together to prevent accidents and make transportation safer for everyone.
After the new list is released, NTSB Board Members will answer questions regarding the safety initiatives for 2013.
Source: NTSB Press Release, "NTSB to Hold Press Conference to Announce its 2013 Most Wanted List," 9 November 2012