NTSB announces forum on substance-impaired driving

Washington – The National Transportation Safety Board will host its first-ever forum on eliminating substance-impaired driving, the agency recently announced.

The forum, scheduled to take place in Washington May 15 and 16, will be moderated by NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. Panelists will include representatives from academia, research and advocacy organizations, industry, and state and federal agencies, according to an NTSB press release.

The agency hopes the forum will help generate ideas for new safety recommendations addressing substance-impaired driving, which can be attributed to about one-third of all roadway fatalities – 10,000 in 2010 alone – the press release stated.

The forum is open to the public and will be streamed via webcast. Specific topics and an agenda will be released in the near future, NTSB said.

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