REMARKS / Driver and operator texting remains a huge policy concern as National Transportation Safety Board specifically cites it in an accident report for a fatal helicopter accident, and U.S. DOT Federal Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases new study on its dangers. COMMENT: Given emphasis by NTSB Chair Hersman on her agency’s “10 most wanted” policy achievements and this U.S. DOT study driver and operator distraction remains a central policy concern – and it should.

NTSB report news story available here. 

NTSB document on determination of probably cause available here.

U.S. DOT NHTSA study available here.    

Add to it this week’s report of a medical flight helicopter accident in which texting by the pilot reportedly played a role. This week’s medical flight accident story relating to texting available here.