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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced its intentions to focus on railroad and trucking safety for its annual “Most Wanted List”. Every year, the NTSB releases a roadmap for its policy agendas and goals, and this year, it wants to make improvements on safety for the trucking, air and railroad industries.

With fatal truck accidents rising over the last year, plans to bolster the safety of the trucking industry are seen as a priority. Regulators are trying to find ways to improve their capacity for overseeing operators, drivers and vehicles.

To reduce the high number of truck accidents, the NTSB will put more focus on issues surrounding driver distraction and impairment. Distracted driving has become a national issue, injuring and killing thousands of motorists.

Since 2003, distraction from portable devices is to blame for 50 deaths and 259 injuries from truck accidents. In an effort to fix the problem, the NTSB plans to remove any possible distraction from what they refer to as “non-mission-critical information”.

Impaired driving and semi-trucks are a very scary thought, but the NTSB has said prescription painkiller abuse is to blame for many fatal accidents. The NTSB wants to have more options available to prevent prescription painkiller abuse from killing or injuring other motorists.

Another reform that will go into effect involves ensuring that truck drivers be deemed medically fit before they can operate commercial vehicles. Conditions like sleep apnea can present a danger to the public, and in the past, commercial drivers with the condition have been involved in fatal accidents.

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You can learn more about the NTSB changes by visiting the website of USAToday.

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Fri, Jan 30, 2015
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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officials are announcing a new federal program that will award $30 million in state grants to fund safer bus and commercial trucking technology. The program will assist states in modernizing their commercial licensing systems for the purposes of collecting safety data for law enforcement and roadside inspectors. New funding will also help states identify unsafe trucks and buses so they can be removed from service, potentially preventing bus and truck accidents.

One of the main purposes of the FMCSA is to work very closely with the commercial trucking and bus industries, reducing the number of accidents on American roads. By implementing the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN), the FMCSA can focus on identifying high-risk commercial carriers and screening commercial vehicles for safety violations. According to officials with the FMCSA, $25 million in funds will be given to states to implement this new system.

Five million in FMCSA funds will also utilize the Performance Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM), an upgrade to registration and licensing systems. PRISM will keep ineligible and unsafe commercial drivers from registering to receive a commercial driver's license, ensuring that only qualified individuals can obtain the necessary credentials to become a truck or bus driver.

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Thu, Jan 29, 2015
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain
Sign displaying a no texting and driving law

Indiana legislators are attempting to make hand-held mobile phones illegal to use while driving. State law prohibits the practice of texting and driving, but it has not yet added a provision that would ban making a phone call while driving. Drivers will still be allowed to make Bluetooth or hands-free calls. State lawmakers are convinced that banning any use of mobile phone while driving would go a long way to saving lives; some even suggest including hands-free phones to future provisions.

Distracted driving is not only a problem in Indiana, it is also a major national problem, Nine people are killed every day by distracted driver and DD is responsible for over 1,000 in car accidents every day. Hand-held mobile phone use is at an all-time high, and 64 percent of Americans aged 18 to 64 responded to a recent survey as having talked on their phone while driving within the last 30 days.

Can Indiana Police Enforce Distracted Driving Laws?

Indiana State Police has had difficulty enforcing current no-texting laws, and only 186 citations were issued in 2013. According to police, they can only issue a citation if they are able to prove someone was texting or sending an email while driving.

Drivers cannot be ticketed for looking at social media, GPS or for using any other smart phone app. If laws are having difficulty keeping the people of Indiana safe from distracted driving, people are going to have to stand up and take a stronger initiative to drive safely without using a mobile phone.

Doehrman Buba is a law firm with decades of combined experience litigating car and truck accident cases. Come find out more about us and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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You can learn more about the battle to end distracted driving in Indiana by visiting Fox 28's website.

Did You Know? Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the fatalities in distracted driving accidents.

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Tue, Jan 27, 2015
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Semi-trucks can be very dangerous

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced its intentions to focus on railroad and trucking safety for its annual “Most Wanted List”. Every year, the NTSB releases a roadmap for its policy agendas and goals, and this year, it wants to make improvements on safety for the trucking, air and railroad industries.

With fatal truck accidents rising over the last year, plans to bolster the safety of the trucking industry are seen as a priority. Regulators are trying to find ways to improve their capacity for overseeing operators, drivers and vehicles.

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Fri, Jan 30, 2015
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain