August 2017

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
We are counting down the days to our NETS Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference scheduled for October 11-12, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, VA. 

A stellar list of speakers is lined up and the conference 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. 

As many of you know, the second day of our proceedings will give attendees the opportunity to experience a half-day tour of the Insurance Institute for High Safety (IIHS)/Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) Vehicle Research Center (VRC) where attendees will be able to witness a live car-to-car crash test and participate in numerous hands-on vehicle demonstrations highlighting a number of safety technology features and benefits. 

Don’t miss your chance to interact with other road safety professionals! Register today at Conference Registration .
New DSWW Campaign Released: Distracted Driving

Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) has been an annual campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) for many years. In order to continue this successful campaign, we are updating the structure to focus more tightly on...

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Speeding Plays Bigger Role in Traffic Deaths Than We Thought

A new study out of Washington is rarely a cause for celebration, but many traffic safety groups are excited about a forthcoming report that highlights the big role speeding plays in traffic deaths. The study comes from the National Transportation...

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Adult Belt Use Lags in the Back Seat

Adults know children must be properly restrained, but when it comes to their own safety, many mistakenly believe safety belts are optional in the rear seat. In a recent IIHS survey, more than a quarter of adults said they don't always buckle up...

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TX Statewide Texting-while-driving Ban Becomes Law Sept. 1

Texas drivers will have to keep their eyes on the road and off their phones when a new statewide ban on texting while driving goes into effect Sept. 1.

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Researchers Examine How Drivers React to Distractions

Distracted driving -- texting or absent-mindedness -- claims thousands of lives a year. Researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have produced an extensive dataset examining how drivers react to...

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Medication Slashes Crash Risk for Drivers With ADHD

Previous studies have documented a higher number of car accidents among people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The symptoms of ADHD, a neurodevelopmental disorder, can include an inability to pay attention, impaired impulse control ...

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Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Could Boost Crash Rates

A traffic safety organization is warning that two recent studies suggest that legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to an increase in crashes, including deadly ones. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that studies by...

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Operation Safe Driver Week Coming in October

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week will be held Oct. 15-21, 2017. Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the program. ...

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WA Still Phoning, Texting Despite New Distracted Driving Law

SEATTLE - Two weeks after the state's new distracted driving law took effect, many motorists are still texting while behind the wheel of their cars. And that's keeping state troopers very busy as they hand out warnings and citations to drivers...

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UPS Is Training Drivers With Virtual Reality

The delivery company announced Tuesday that it will add virtual reality tests to its driver training program starting next month. UPS expects virtual reality will make its drivers safer and smarter. "It's a game-changer for training." Laura...

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How Effective Are Pedestrian Detection Systems in Cars?

As pedestrian detection technology becomes integrated into the cars we drive, we must ask: How effective are these systems in preventing pedestrian crashes and injuries? How do we measure safety? A team of advanced vehicle experts at U.S. DOT's...

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Blame Drivers Not Phones For Distracted Driving, Says Apple

Apple asked a California state court judge to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit, alleging the company acted irresponsibly by not installing safeguards on iPhones that prevent people from using them while driving, according to .

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Tesla Wants to Test Its Electric Semi Without Human Drivers

Emails between Tesla and the Nevada DMV outline plans to test semi trucks in autonomous platooning mode without a person behind the wheel.

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Is Technology Making Us Less Courteous on the Road?

Shortly before Christmas in 2015 James Stocks made legal history, although it was an unwanted present. The 24-year-old from Cheshire became the first driver to be jailed on the basis of dashcam footage when his dangerous overtaking maneuver...

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GHSA Applauds NTSB for Raising Profile of Speeding As...

Speeding is a factor in approximately the same proportion of traffic fatalities as alcohol impairment yet it is not subject to same social stigma as drunk driving and is often a forgotten highway safety problem despite its clear significance.

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NSC: Motor Vehicle Deaths Drop Slightly First Half of 2017

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC) indicate motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2017 are 1% lower than they were during the same six-month period in 2016. However, NSC urges Americans not to relax...

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Millions of British Drivers Admit They Can't Name Indicators

Nine in 10 people had a symbol pop up in their car that they didn't recognise One in three cannot recognise which symbol is the headlamp indicator While 27 per cent can't identify the 'check engine' sign on the dashboard Accident Advice Helpline...

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Chinese Experts Urge Use of Tech to Prevent Road Accidents

Chinese experts have urged the application of VR technology, used for testing drivers' behaviors, to reduce traffic accidents before self-driving vehicles replace human drivers in the coming decades.

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One in Five UK Fleets Don't Have a Road Safety Policy

UK businesses are being left exposed by a lack of road safety policy, new research has revealed. The study by TomTom Telematics of UK companies whose employees drive for work purposes found more than a fifth (21%) have no road safety policy in...

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Indian Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill Tabled

Last week, India was very close to passing the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in the Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha. After decades of deliberations, this would very well have been a turning point in India's road safety scenario.

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August 16 - September 4, 2017
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
National Mobilization
One of the deadliest and most often committed - yet preventable - of crimes (drunk driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country.Use these enforcement materials to crack down on drunk drivers and increase community awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.

For more information, go to: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
September 17 - 23, 2017
Child Passenger Safety Week
September 23, 2017: National Seat Check Saturday

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.
For more information, go to: Child Passenger Safety Week
October 15 - 24, 2017
National Teen Driver Safety Week
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19- year olds in the United States. In fact, in 2014 there were 2,679 teen (15 to 19) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding, and extra passengers. 

For more information, go to: National Teen Driver Safety Week
NHTSA just released a new video called “Left Behind” about the consequences of underage drinking and driving. When you get caught drinking and driving underage, your life stops, but your friends’ and family’s lives don't.

Check out the video to see how someone could be affected by one poor decision.
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NETSWork is published electronically on or about the 15th of each month by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Susan Gillies, editor, and Joe McKillips, Executive Director.
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