February 2018

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Mark your calendars for an event you won't want to miss! The NETS Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference is scheduled to take place October 10-11, 2018 at the Omni Hotel in Frisco, Texas. 

Building upon last year’s record-setting conference, this year's event is sure to be another great opportunity to learn best practices and gain ideas on how you can improve your road safety program, at the only conference focused exclusively on employer road safety. Access to exclusive NETS Road Safety Sponsors will also enable attendees to walk away with the latest developments in road safety training and cutting-edge technology.

New for this year, a dedicated international track and networking session will also be offered to address road safety challenges unique to our many multi-national member organizations. Plans are also underway to secure a number of memorable KEYNOTE speakers as well as presentations from members and sponsors alike.

This year, registration for the conference will once again be open to non-NETS members on a limited basis. If you are not yet a NETS member and have a fleet, or are a government agency/non-profit organization and wish to attend or have questions, please contact Susan Gillies at sgillies@trafficsafety.org

Further information, including hotel reservation details, early-bird registration and conference speaker requests will be shared in the next few weeks. In the meantime, SAVE the DATE for this year’s event!
NETS 2018 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Annual Conference Date and Location Announced!

Mark your calendar and join your peers at the only conference focused exclusively on employer road safety.

October 11th and 12th, 2018 at Omni Frisco Hotel
Frisco, Texas

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Uber Will Require Drivers in the US to Take Six-hour Break

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NSC Estimate: U.S. Vehicle Deaths Topped 40,000 in 2017

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Poor Mental Health a Driving Factor in Accidents

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5 Best Practices to Fight the Effects of Distracted Driving

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Survey: Distracted Driving Now Scarier Than Drunk Driving

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California Drivers Are Putting Down Their Cellphones

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Phone App Helps Cut Distracted Driving

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Driverless Cars: How to Solve the Problem of Falling Asleep

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Self-Driving Car Technology vs. Your Car Insurance Bill

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HLDI Report: Luxury Cars Dominate Highest Collision Losses

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State Strategies to Reduce Traffic Fatalities and Injuries

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CDC- Motor Vehicle Safety at Work Resources

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South Korea Mandates New Vehicle Safety Tech

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Amended Traffic Laws to Improve Oman's Road Safety

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World Bank Report: High Toll of Global Traffic Injuries

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Automotive Fleet: Global Fleet Market Report

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Great Britain: 2016 Stats for Accidents Involving Alcohol

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UK Road Accidents Decrease Due to Collision Warning Systems

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Save the Date:
National Safety Council Safety Conference & Expo
April 11-13, 2018
New Orleans, LA

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Brake UK Fleet Safety Conference
May 25, 2018
Birmingham, UK

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NETSWork is published electronically on or about the 20th of each month by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Susan Gillies, editor, and Joe McKillips, Executive Director.
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