April 2023

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts

Message from NETS' Executive Director,
Susan Hipp

I’m a planner. I’ve been known to create a detailed vacation spreadsheet outlining every hotel, every tour, every mode of transportation (with links!) when planning a trip. I want to know my plans weeks in advance, not the day before. If I’m going to a new restaurant, I look up the menu beforehand just to get an idea of what I want to order. I plan.

If you’re involved in fleet safety, there are many times you need to be a planner too. You create a Journey Management plan to provide a safe route for your driver (check out the tools and resources from iRAP for help in this area). You plan maintenance for your fleet vehicles to ensure they are working properly and are safe to drive. You plan ways to review your drivers’ performance to help them drive more safely and reduce crashes. Planning can help you prevent crashes and keep your employees safe.

When it comes to fleet safety performance, you must plan too. Many organizations use “lagging indicators” to measure performance. There is merit in these indicators and they can be useful, but they “lag” behind and look at incidents that have already happened. That’s why many organizations are beginning to focus more closely on “leading indicators” which look forward ─ in other words, leading indicators help you plan by being proactive and addressing issues to positively impact future safety performance. This article does a good job of explaining the difference: Using Leading Indicators to Improve Safety Management - VelocityEHS. The author provides the following key takeaways on leading indicators:
  • Lagging and leading indicators are both important
  • Choose your leading indicators well
  • Involve your employees
  • Leading indicators help you shift from reactive to proactive approaches

NETS members are currently in the middle of participating in our Annual Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark Report, providing metrics and responses to an extensive program survey. The report will provide a comparison of how each company’s fleet safety program compares to others in terms of crash, injury, and fatality frequencies and will provide an analysis of best practices for organizations to put in place a cost-effective, integrated, and comprehensive plan to improve their road safety performance. The program survey this year asks questions to determine which organizations are looking at leading vs. lagging indicators and if they are included on a road safety score card and/or tracked within the organization. The responses will help guide our analysis to show how organizations are planning ahead in terms of fleet safety and proactively addressing safety issues.

If you’re not currently a NETS member, it’s not too late to join NETS and take advantage of participating in our annual Benchmark report! I encourage you to “become a planner” and find out how you too can use our benchmark report to implement positive changes in your fleet safety program.

Safe driving!
Susan Hipp
Executive Director, NETS
P.S. Speaking of planning, plan to join us for either or both of our 2023 Conferences! The Annual Conference will take place October 10-12 in Indianapolis and our EMEA Regional Conference will take place in Paris September 11-13. More information is below!
for NETS 2023 Conferences!
Regular Rate: $350
Government/NGO: $149
Note: conference presentations will be in English
Mercure Paris Porte de Versailles Expo Hotel
There is no NETS room block so rooms are available on a first come first serve basis. Reserve your room here or at another hotel of your choice. Other hotel options can be found on our website.
NETS Members: $599
Non-NETS Members: $679
Government/Non-profit: $249
Conrad Indianapolis
A special room block has been reserved for NETS Conference attendees at the rate of $229 USD plus tax. Reserve your room now!
NETSTalk Now: Driving Change, A NETS Road Safety Podcast

Join leading global road safety experts to hear the latest in road safety technology, innovations, and best practices. Each month we will explore topics on advancing road safety and reducing risk on the world’s roadways.

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Are you or your organization:
  • Trying to make a business case for implementation or expansion of a driver safety program but coming up short?
  • Feeling pressure to implement sustainability measures for your drivers but don’t know where to start?
  • Unsure about how to support corporate ESG initiatives and/or prepare to comply with ESG reporting requirements?

If so, we’re here to help! In this webinar co-sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), you’ll join leaders from eDriving and its eco partner, Greater Than, who will arm you with the approach and data you need to make a combined ESG / business case for driver safety & sustainability. They will include research, customer cases, proven statistics, and lessons learned over their companies’ combined 45+ years of experience as they address:
  • Why you (and your organization!) need to care about ESG
  • The legislative landscape
  • Components of an ESG-based business case for driver safety & sustainability
  • Direct and indirect costs
  • Quantitative and qualitative benefits
  • Setting your organization up for success

There’s too much at stake to turn a blind eye or risk inadvertently misstepping in the ESG arena, so join us and let our experts be your guides along this journey to safer, more sustainable fleets!
NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDriving, a Solera company, helps organizations around the world to reduce incidents, collisions, injuries, license violations, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership through its patented digital driver risk management programs.

At its heart is the Mentor by eDrivingSM smartphone app that identifies risky driving behaviors for intervention and safe driving habits for recognition. In-app features include micro-training and coaching, gamification, collision reporting, vehicle inspections, and an individual FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict the likelihood of being involved in a collision. Mentor’s integrated automatic crash detection and Personal SOS features powered by Sfara and Bosch trigger a voice call and emergency support, as needed, from one of Bosch’s Global Call Centers supporting >50 countries. Through its five-stage, patented Crash-Free Culture® risk reduction methodology, eDriving helps organizations embrace safety and reduce risk for Sales, Service, Delivery and Warehouse drivers, all within a privacy-first, data-secure environment.

eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries. Over the past 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 awards around the world.

Lytx is the global leader in fleet management technologies. Our solutions harness the power of video to empower drivers and fleets to be safer and more efficient, productive, and profitable so they can thrive in today’s competitive environment. Through the Lytx platform, direct and reseller clients access our customizable services and programs spanning driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, preventative maintenance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and 1.6 million drivers in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information on Lytx video telematics systems, visit www.lytx.com@lytx on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

SOBRsafe’s mission is to save lives and create safer work environments.

The annual cost of alcohol abuse in the U.S. is $249 billion. Nearly half of all industrial accidents with injuries are alcohol-related, and 1-in-10 U.S. commercial drivers test positive for alcohol (the highest rate worldwide).

In response, SOBRsafe has developed an instantaneous and hygienic alcohol screening technology that integrates seamlessly with driver check-in/out processes. The employee simply places two fingers on the device, and within ten seconds, their identity is verified and the alcohol test complete. All scans are reported in real-time to a secure cloud-based portal, and supervisors are immediately notified via SMS and email if alcohol has been detected.

This comprehensive, uniform testing is allowing SOBRsafe customers to enhance their safety, reduce insurance premiums by up to 25%, and create a culture of prevention.

Mobile device distractions put employees in danger and companies at risk. So why would anyone settle for safety measures that simply report what went wrong, or only work when people remember to turn them on? TRUCE Software automatically suspends distracting mobile apps and functions depending on what your employee is doing, where they are working or even the workgroup they are part of. You define the policy and TRUCE ensures compliance when and where it’s needed. Supporting more than 100,000 subscribers and some of the largest brands worldwide, our patented technology is making workplaces everywhere safer.

Volvo Cars is a multinational passenger car manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The first Volvo car rolled off the Gothenburg production line in Sweden in 1927. Since then, Volvo Car Group has been a world-leader in safety technology and innovation. From the very outset Volvo Cars has been a brand for people who care about the world and the people around us. We have made it our mission to make life easier, better and safer for everyone.

Volvo is behind some of the most important inventions and innovations in the history of car safety, and we are continuously improving your safety. Among those innovations are the three-point seat belt (1959); rearward facing child seat (1972) and the booster cushion (1978); side impact protection system (1991) and the side air-bag (1994); the blind spot information system, BLIS (1994) and many more safety innovations.

Today, Volvo is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales in more than 100 countries. Volvo’s goal is that no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car. An important step in that direction is the introduction of LIDAR in our new fully electric flagship SUV, the Volvo EX90.
Learn about all of NETS Fleet Safety Sponsors
US OKs Spectrum Use for Vehicle Crash Prevention Technology

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a request by U.S. state agencies, some automakers, universities and others to use spectrum to deploy connected vehicle technology to prevent crashes, especially at intersections.

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The Ultimate Solution to Impaired Driving Is In Reach

Recent action by Congress could finally put an end to impaired driving. If we seize this opportunity, we could put an end to one of the most persistent highway safety problems and prevent more than 9,000 deaths a year.

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Distracted Driving: A Fatal Problem

In 2021, distracted driving killed 3,522 people. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and statistics show that distracted driving has become an increasingly common and fatal hazard. According to NHTSA, in 2020, 8% of fatal crashes, 14% of ...

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Phantom Vehicles: Putting Your Family In Danger

That driver in front of you with their headlights off probably doesn’t know why you’re flashing your high beams. Or you could be the one driving without your lights on, with no visual cue that you’re piloting a phantom vehicle.

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How to Navigate Intersections Safely
Even the most seasoned commercial drivers can benefit from helpful reminders about road safety. One area that merits continued focus concerns ways to handle tricky traffic situations. The following offers tips and advice on the subject that fleet managers can share with their drivers.

Average Age of Company Cars & Vans Increases
Epyx, which provides service, maintenance and repair (SMR) through its 1Link network, says the average age of a gas-powered fleet car undergoing SMR has risen by more than a year since the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020. According to the company, the vehicle age is now 31 months, up from 18 months.

Mileage to Maintenance: Navigating Metrics of Fleet Service

We have said it a million times: The success of your operations is primarily dependent on your maintenance. It's important to service all of your trucks, but there are some things that may require more immediate or frequent attention.

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Deadly Crashes Highest During Summer and Fall Weekends

Summer weekends are the envy of the rest of the calendar--free time and late sunlight providing perfect opportunities to relax or get out in search of adventure. However, those same circumstances also add up to more dangerous roads and sidewalks...

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How Every Government Could Stop Its Own Cars from Speeding

Some of America's most prominent sustainable transportation advocacy organizations are challenging governments to embrace a ground-breaking technology that makes it impossible for drivers to speed--starting with the vehicles in their own fleets.

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FMCSA to Study Automated, Advanced Driving Systems for CMVs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comments on a new study involving automated and advanced driving assistance systems in commercial vehicles. Characterized as a “driving simulator study,” the series of questionnaires will...

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How Driver-Assist Technology Is Keeping Roads Safe

More than 90% of road accidents are the result of human error. Cheddar News looks at some of the new features being rolled out by automakers.

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Ford Hitch Assist Parks the Ball Under the Trailer for You

Ford's expanding the catalog of features for the F-Series that make trailering more convenient. The new upgrade is called Ford Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, not to be confused with other tech tricks like Dynamic Hitch Assist or Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

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Cruise Control, Assisted Parking Most Baffling Car Tech

Four in ten drivers feel they are not making the most of their cars--as technology like cruise control, assisted parking, and assisted braking leave them feeling baffled. More than half of motorists (55%) admit they didn't even realize their car ...

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iRAP Live Session: Have you heard of the Route Review Tool?

RAPKnowledgeLive sessions are held monthly worldwide to discuss the latest knowledge on road safety tools, programmes and partnerships helping make global roads safer. ​Our second #RAPKnowledgeLive session will be on iRAP’s Route Review Tool.

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Distracted Driving: Deadly and Dangerous for All

Whether walking, biking, scooting or driving to work, school or the grocery store, people living in the United States are constantly on the move while simultaneously staying connected to the digital world via smartphones. The problem...

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Estimates for 2022 Show Roadway Fatalities Remain Flat

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its latest projections for traffic fatalities in 2022, estimating that 42,795 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a small decrease of about 0.3% as compared ...

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Cannabis Regulations - National Safety Council

As cannabis legalization spreads across the U.S., safety must remain a priority. NSC is offering this new web tool, the first resource of its kind, to provide an interactive, user-friendly look at high-level cannabis legalization, regulation and...

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7th UN Global Road Safety Week: #RethinkMobility

The 7th UN Global Road Safety Week will be held 15-21 May 2023. It will call for policy makers to #RethinkMobility in order to make walking, cycling, and public transport safe and convenient so that people can make the shift to active, sustainable...

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Five Ways Europe Can Tackle Road Deaths

According to new figures there were 20,600 road deaths in the EU last year, a 3% increase compared with 2021. But a reduction of 10% from 2019 which was the last year before the Covid-19 pandemic. The ETSC is recommending five measures that the EU...

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New Initiative Promotes Road Safety in South Africa

A new partnership between global mobility and urban services platform and a local safety advocacy group is anticipated to tackle safety issues in order to decrease the number of road accidents on South...

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Call for ABS Brakes on Motorcycles, Age of 16 for Mopeds

ETSC is calling for the European Union and European national governments to make Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) mandatory on all new motorcycles in a new report published on the state of motorcycling safety in Europe.

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Building Blocks to Achieving a Green Fleet in Latin America

The future of Latin America's mobility is becoming greener, according to experts in the region who detailed the building blocks of making the sustainable transition toward electric vehicles (EV) during the last Fleet LatAm Expert Meeting on...

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NETS Toolkit: Child Vehicular Heatstroke for Employers

Child deaths as a result of vehicular heatstroke are tragic and preventable. According to the National Safety Council (NSC) 24 percent of child vehicular heatstroke occurred while a parent or caregiver was at places of work.

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Heatstroke Prevention | Traffic Safety Marketing

National Heatstroke Prevention Day is May 1, 2023. 942 children have died due to pediatric vehicular heatstroke (PVH) since 1998. Sadly, these are the statistics as of April 3, 2023 ...

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any other motor vehicle operator on our roads. Our four major campaigns include: Motorist Awareness of Motorcycles; Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over; Rider Safety; and Share the Road.

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Registration: NSC Spring Safety Conference & Expo

May 17-19, 2023 | Indianapolis, IN - You can connect with other safety professionals, explore new products and services from over 100 exhibiting companies and learn from leading industry experts.

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Registration: GHSA Annual Meeting

August 12-16, 2023 | New York, NY - This year’s theme, “Connecting Communities: Putting Vision Zero into Action,” affirms the importance of involving communities of all sizes in implementing proven and innovative solutions for preventing crashes.

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Registration: NSC Safety Congress & Expo

October, 2023 | New Orleans, LA - Registration opens June 13.

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