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Itasca, IL, Jan. 13, 2015 – The National Safety Council applauds the National Transportation Safety Board for including "disconnect from deadly distractions", "end substance impairment in transportation" and "require medical fitness for duty on its 2015 Most Wanted List. The NTSB Most Wanted List highlights the most significant safety issues in transportation. According to NSC Injury Facts 2014, motor vehicle crashes and poisonings – particularly from prescription painkiller overdoses – have been leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S. for several years.
"The NTSB's Most Wanted List appropriately highlights two critical safety issues: distracted driving and prescription painkiller use," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC. "Our desire to be constantly connected, even while behind the wheel, results in far too many deadly crashes, while the proliferation and misuse of prescription painkillers results in 46 overdose deaths per day. The Council thanks NTSB for keeping these important issues on its Most Wanted List, because continued attention and education are key ingredients of culture change."
In 2009, NSC became the first organization to call for a total ban on cell phone use while driving. The Council reviewed more than 30 studies that show hands-free cell phone use is not safer. NSC estimates 1 in 4 car crashes involve some form of cell phone distraction – either talking on a handheld or hands-free phone or texting. A recent NSC public opinion poll found 73 percent of drivers favor more enforcement of texting laws.
Opioid prescription information provides a warning of the potential impact on driving or using heavy equipment while taking these medications. These drugs can alter a person’s judgment, impair coordination and create confusion, according to the NSC white paper, The proactive role employers can take: Opioids in the workplace.
For more information about cell phone distracted driving and prescription painkiller abuse, please visit nsc.org.
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