This morning, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that after serving for four years as secretary he would not be staying for a second term. President Barack Obama expressed the sentiments of the transportation community in his statement where he said, “…every American who travels by air, rail or highway can thank Ray for his commitment to making our entire transportation system safer and stronger.”
I appreciate Secretary LaHood’s leadership in making transportation safety a priority. He led the way on several important initiatives, including the effort to stop texting while driving, addressing the commercial vehicle safety, and pushing for the long-awaited rule to address fatigue in the cockpit, to name just three of the key safety initiatives under the secretary’s leadership.
All of us at the NTSB thank Secretary LaHood for his public service and wish him all the best in the future.