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Reaching Zero Report

Reaching Zero Report

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Published by The Post-Standard
National Transportation and Safety report on reducing drunk driving fatalities
National Transportation and Safety report on reducing drunk driving fatalities

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Published by: The Post-Standard on May 15, 2013
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Reaching Zero: Actions to EliminateAlcohol-Impaired Driving
Safety Report
National TransportationSafety Board 
NTSB/SR-13/01PB2013-106566Notation 8482 Adopted May 14, 2013
Safety Report
Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving
NationalTransportationSafety Board
490 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W.
 Washington, D.C. 20594
National Transportation Safety Board. 2013.
Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-ImpaireDriving 
. Safety Report NTSB/SR-13/01. Washington, DC: NTSB.Abstract:
This safety
report represents the culmination of a year-long National Transportation SafetyBoard (NTSB) effort focused on the problem of substance-impaired driving. The report addresses thenecessity of providing all the following elements to achieve meaningful reductions in alcohol-impaireddriving crashes: stronger laws, improved enforcement strategies, innovative adjudication programs, andaccelerated development of new in-vehicle alcohol detection technologies. Moreover, the reportrecognizes the need for states to identify specific and measurable goals for reducing impaired drivingfatalities and injuries, and to evaluate the effectiveness of implemented countermeasures on an ongoing basis.Specifically, in the report, the NTSB makes safety recommendations in the following safety issueareas: reducing the per se blood alcohol concentration limit for all drivers; conducting high-visibilityenforcement of impaired driving laws and incorporating passive alcohol sensing technology intoenforcement efforts; expanding the use of in-vehicle devices to prevent operation by an impaired driver;using driving while intoxicated (DWI) courts and other programs to reduce recidivism by repeat DWIoffenders; and establishing measurable goals for reducing impaired driving and tracking progress towardthose goals.
The NTSB is an independent federal agency dedicated to promoting aviation, railroad, highway, marine, pipeline,and hazardous materials safety. Established in 1967, the agency is mandated by Congress through the IndependentSafety Board Act of 1974 to investigate transportation accidents, determine the probable causes of the accidents,issue safety recommendations, study transportation safety issues, and evaluate the safety effectiveness of government agencies involved in transportation. The NTSB makes public its actions and decisions through accidentreports, safety studies, special investigation reports, safety recommendations, and statistical reviews.Recent publications are available in their entirety on the Internet at http://www.ntsb.gov.Other information about
available publications also may be obtained from the website or by contacting:
National Transportation Safety BoardRecords Management Division, CIO-40
490 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
 Washington, DC 20594(800) 877-6799 or (202) 314-6551
 Copies of NTSB publications may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service. To purchase this publication, order product number PB2013-106566 from:
National Technical Information Service5301 Shawnee RoadAlexandria, VA 22312(800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-6000http://www.ntis.gov/ 
The Independent Safety Board Act, as codified at 49 U.S.C. Section 1154(b), precludes the admission into evidenceor use of NTSB reports related to an incident or accident in a civil action for damages resulting from a matter mentioned in the report.

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