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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-80-001
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 23, 1979, A COMPACT FORD COURIER PICKUP TRUCK WITH 12 TEENAGED OCCUPANTS WAS TRAVELING BETWEEN 64 AND 78 MPH ALONG A WINDING COUNTRY ROAD NEAR CROFTON, MARYLAND, WHEN THE DRIVER FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A CURVE TO THE LEFT. THE TRUCK RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD, STRUCK THREE TREES LOCATED ABOUT 7 FEET FROM THE EDGE OF THE PAVEMENT, AND WAS DEFLECTED ONTO THE PAVEMENT IN AN OVERTURNED POSITION. TEN PASSENGERS WERE KILLED, AND ONE PASSENGER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED; THE DRIVER WAS INJURED SLIGHTLY.
Recommendation: THE NTSB REQUESTS THAT YOU (GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND) REFER THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATION TO THE APPROPRIATE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES: ENACT LEGISLATION THAT WILL REDEFINE THE TERMS "INTOXICATED" AND "IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOL" TO FIT CURRENT NATIONALLY ACCEPTED STANDARD DEFINITIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Crofton, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79744
Accident Reports: Ford Courier Pickup Truck Fixed Object Collision Patuxent Road
Report #: HAR-79-06
Accident Date: 4/23/1979
Issue Date: 1/25/1980
Date Closed: 4/30/1984
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Maryland (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: State of Maryland
To: NTSB
Date: 6/13/1984
Response:

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland
Date: 4/30/1984
Response:

From: State of Maryland
To: NTSB
Date: 11/22/1983
Response: STATE OF MARYLAND: FOR YEARS MARYLAND WAS PERCEIVED BY SOME SAFETY EXPERTS AND, POSSIBLY BY THE PUBLIC AS HAVING SOMEWHAT LAX DRINKING/DRIVING LAWS. THAT PERCEPTION ENDED IN 1981 WHEN THE BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENTS (BAC) WERE LOWERED TO THEIR PRESENT LEVELS AND WHEN NUMEROUS OTHER ALCOHOL -RELATED LAWS WERE ENACTED. AT THIS POINT, WE ARE QUITE PROUD OF OUR REPUTATION AS A NATIONAL LEADER IN THIS AREA AND ARE SOMEWHAT CONCERNED THAT A MISPLACED EMPHASIS ON DEFINITIONS MAY OBSCURE THE ACTUAL SITUATION. UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THERE IS CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE OF A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY VALUE IN FURTHER REDUCING THE BAC LEVELS, THIS STATE WILL CONCENTRATE ITS EFFORTS ON ENHANCING ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER PROGRAMS UNDER EXISTING LAW.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland
Date: 10/24/1983
Response:

From: State of Maryland
To: NTSB
Date: 7/7/1983
Response: GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND LETTER: SINCE THE ISSUANCE OF YOUR RECOMMENDATION, MARYLAND HAS AMENDED ITS VEHICLE LAWS TO REDEFINE THE TERMS "INTOXICATED" AND "IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOL" TO FIT WHAT WE PERCEIVE TO BE CURRENT NATIONALLY ACCEPTED STANDARD DEFINITIONS. IN 1981, THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY REDEFINED "DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED" AS "DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE" AND LOWERED THE PRESUMPTIVE BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL FROM .10 TO .08. THE TERM "INTOXICATED" REMAINS THE SAME BUT THE PRESUMPTIVE LEVEL WAS REDUCED FROM .15 TO .13.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland
Date: 5/19/1983
Response: