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11NR21 – MRF News Release – National Transportation Safety Board Updates “Top Ten Most Wanted” List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 June 2011

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs

National Transportation Safety Board Updates “Top Ten Most Wanted” List

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its yearly update to its “Top Ten Most Wanted”  list Thursday, June 23rd. The list is a targeted group of the safety board’s ten priorities for the year.

Last year for the first time, motorcycle safety was a target. However, the safety board missed the mark. Their answer to motorcycle safety, at the time, was to ask each State to pass mandatory helmet laws. This was not acceptable to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF).

The NTSB has an extremely brief and inexperienced history with motorcycle safety, so the MRF led the charge with educating their board members and staff. The agency has investigated just 6 motorcycle accidents in their 44 year history of surface transportation investigation. Compare that to the 60,000 other surface transportation incidents and their lack of expertise is obvious.

The MRF is pleased that the new recommendations for motorcycle safety no longer call for a helmet law. What the NTSB is now asking for is voluntary helmet use and puts equal importance on crash prevention. The MRF has been key in getting all government agencies to focus on crash prevention over injury reduction for decades.

“Of course, the NTSB has a long way to go before they can even be considered amateur motorcycle safety specialists, but this is certainly a step in the right direction” said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. “This should be considered a victory for motorcycle rights groups who have engaged on this issue” he added.

To read the entire “Top Ten Most Wanted” click here: http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2011/110623.html

To read the specific motorcycle recomendations click here: http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl-10.html

The NTSB is an independent government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families. Formed by Congress in 1926, their original charter was to investigate only airline and airplane accidents. In 1967, that charter was expanded to include; marine, pipeline, railroad and highway modes


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