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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-82-032
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Synopsis: IN 1982, THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD INVESTIGATED TWO SEVERE RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING ACCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED IN STATES WITHOUT COORDINATED STATEWIDE PROGRAMS AIMED AT REDUCING TRAIN/HIGHWAY-VEHICLE COLLISIONS. IN THE INVESTIGATION OF THESE ACCIDENTS, THE SAFETY BOARD REVIEWED THE RAILROAD ACCIDENT DATA OF ALL THE STATES, INCLUDING NEW JERSEY, THAT DO NOT HAVE AN "OPERATION LIFESAVER" PROGRAM IN EFFECT. ACCIDENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT IN THE 4-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1978 THROUGH 1981 THERE WERE 335 ACCIDENT/INCIDENTS AT RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. THESE ACCIDENT/INCIDENTS RESULTED IN 31 FATALITIES AND 81 INJURIES. ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES RESULTING FROM GRADE CROSSING ACCIDENTS HAS DECLINED NATIONALLY IN RECENT YEARS, THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS HAS REMAINED CONSTANT AND FATALITIES HAVE INCREASED IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY: ADOPT AN "OPERATION LIFESAVER" PROGRAM AS A FOUNDATION FOR A STATE WIDE EFFORT TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS AT RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS IN NEW JERSEY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Mineola, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82AH004
Accident Reports: ‚ÄčLong Island Railroad, Commuter Train / Ford Van Collision
Report #: RHR-77-02
Accident Date: 3/14/1982
Issue Date: 8/17/1982
Date Closed: 9/28/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of New Jersey (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of New Jersey
Date: 9/28/1983
Response:

From: State of New Jersey
To: NTSB
Date: 8/15/1983
Response: GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY LETTER: A JOINT RESOLUTION HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE SUPPORTING THE CONCEPT OF THE PROGRAM, AND DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INVESTIGATE FEDERAL FUNDING SOURCES. I HAVE ADVISED COMMISSIONER SHERIDAN OF MY SUPPORT FOR OPERATION LIFESAVER AND HAVE DIRECTED HIM TO ASSEMBLE A PERMANENT COMMITTEE TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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