August 2018

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
As we close the month, we continue to count down the days to our NETS Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference scheduled October 10-11, 2018 at the Omni Hotel in Frisco, TX. The impressive agenda and lineup of speakers is sure to resonate with many! Where else can you learn best practices and practical ideas you can immediately apply to improve your road safety program? Registration is on record pace so if you are not already registered, do so today! 

On another front, the past few weeks have also brought exciting news by way of the NETS Board of Directors. Earlier this month we announced that Toyota has officially joined the ranks of our NETS Board of Directors . This is a notable development as we look to expand our organization's commitment to road safety through engagement with one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturing OEMs. This partnership will enable NETS to immediately complement our current benchmarking expertise and bandwidth as we dive deeper into the vehicle design and technology space. During our October conference, representatives from Toyota will also take the podium to share the very latest in safe vehicle design and technology and have representatives on hand to interact with conference attendees for the duration of the proceedings.

As a final note, I am also pleased to announce plans for the first ever NETS Membership Referral Program which will be launched in the coming days. As many of you already know, NETS membership affords employers of all sizes the unique opportunity to engage on a myriad of road safety best practices, challenges and solutions facing today’s road safety professional. The NETS Membership Referral Program is also designed to reward our members by recognizing their engagement and enthusiasm for NETS as we work together to expand our mission of reducing risk and saving lives.

Thanks again for your commitment to road safety and Drive Safely!
Still Time to Register for NETS Annual Conference!

Join us October 10 & 11 in Frisco, Texas to share road safety case studies, new research and emerging issues with your employer road safety peers at the NETS 2018 Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference.

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NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsor:

eDriving’s global FLEET division serves 1 million drivers, providing a complete continuum of award-winning risk management and training solutions with proven results and ROI.

NETS Named an Organization Committed to Stop Texting/Driving

At Cellcontrol, we believe corporations must eliminate the enormous expense and liability related to distracted driving. With 40% of all commercial crashes attributed to distracted driving, eliminating distracted driving not only makes the...

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Preliminary Estimates: Motor Vehicle Deaths Remain Stable

As shown on the map, motor-vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2018 decreased by more than 13% in six states and increased by more than 5% or more in nine states compared to revised six month estimates for 2017. For detailed state level...

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States With the Worst Drivers - 2018 Edition

Most drivers probably have a few candidates in mind when they picture the worst drivers in the country. Often it's drivers from a neighboring state invading their lane, but some states carry a nationwide bad-driving reputation. So while it is...

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Worst U.S. States for Dangerous Teen Driving and Texting

As many as 38 percent of teenagers text while driving, researchers have warned. South Dakota had the highest rate of teen texting and driving in the 35 states assessed, at 64 percent, in contrast with Maryland, the lowest at 26 percent.

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What Fleet Drivers Should Do After an Accident

Despite the best laid plans of iron-clad fleet safety policies, accidents will happen, and commercial drivers need to know what to do when the time comes. The annual accident rate for commercial fleets has reached 20% and some industries, such as...

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Aggressive Driving Could Undermine Air Quality Standards

More work is needed to understand the impact of aggressive and 'unusual' driving events on vehicle emissions to avoid impacting on air quality goals. So says Emissions Analytics as its research find that emissions at high speed can peak at more...

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When Should Seniors Stop Driving?

Most older drivers never talk to a medical professional or family members about their ability to drive safely, according to a new study. But that needs to change, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit research and...

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More Likely to Text and Drive: Teenagers or Their Parents?

Most teenagers don't remember a world without smartphones. They've grown up with warnings about the dangers of smartphones and may have taken those lessons to heart.

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Illinois Making Tougher Texting While Driving Penalties

Starting next summer, drivers caught texting while driving will face stiffer penalties that -- with enough violations -- could ultimately lead to a judge's suspending their license. The stricter penalties, which go into effect on July 1, 2019,...

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Telematics Data Can Help Improve Driver Behavior, Safety

Telematics applications exist for virtually every industry, but their capabilities go much deeper and provide distinct advantages for driver safety professionals and fleet managers. What's more, the customization capabilities of today's...

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AARP and eDriving Using App in Pilot Study of Aging Drivers

How can drivers remain confident as they age? That's a critical question that faces drivers 50 and older, and two organizations committed to keeping drivers safe through effective...

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Mobility Shift Will Come with Mass Autonomous Vehicles

Mass adoption of autonomous vehicles should begin ramping up in 2023 and will ultimately drive a shift in vehicle ownership from consumers to larger mobility service providers with large fleets of battery-electric, autonomous vehicles, according...

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Self-Driving Cars Need To Learn How Humans Drive

In the not-too-distant future, Americans will be sharing the road with self-driving cars. Companies are pouring billions of dollars into developing self-driving vehicles. Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving-car project, says that its...

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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches New Campaign

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. State and local law enforcement agencies will be saving lives by stepping up enforcement to put an end to impaired...

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Don’t Overlook Humans’ Role in Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Automated vehicles will bring new and perhaps unanticipated traffic safety issues to the states. GHSA's Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States outlines these issues and discusses how law enforcement and State Highway...

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#SaferCarsForIndia Latest Results

In the first set of #SaferCarsForIndia results for 2018, Global NCAP has released the result of the crash tests conducted on the recently launched Tata Nexon. The Nexon, which is sold in its standard version with frontal double airbags, frontal...

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Seatbelt Reminders for New Cars on Every Seat in 2019

The EU is set to adopt updated UNECE regulations on seatbelts that will require seatbelt reminder systems in all front and rear seats on new cars from September 2019. Existing EU vehicle safety agreed in 2009 only require seatbelt reminder systems...

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France Introduces 80km/h Limit on 400,000km of Road

Two-lane roads with no separating guard rail in France have had their default speed limit reduced from 90 to 80 km/h since 1 July, fulfilling a commitment made by the Prime Minister in January.

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Road Traffic Bill Passed by Irish Senate

Stricter penalties for drink driving in Ireland are set to come into force after a new law was passed by the lower and upper houses of parliament. The Road Traffic Bill includes provisions for an automatic ...

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Ban Diesel Cars From Cities, Say Half of UK Drivers in Poll

More than half of UK motorists think diesel cars should be banned from urban areas due to air pollution concerns, according to a new opinion poll. The proportion backing a ban rose to 80% when drivers were asked if diesel cars should be excluded...

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European Conference on Work-Related Road Safety

17 October 2018 - European Conference on Work-Related Road Safety, Brussels Wednesday 17th October 2018, 09:30 -15:00 Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) is holding the 8th Annual...

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2018 NSC Congress & Expo

The 2018 NSC Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual event dedicated to workplace safety, will take place October 20-26, in Houston.

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Labor Day Weekend:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Awareness Materials

For awareness materials from NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing, go to:
Child Passenger Safety Week
September 23-29, 2018

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. NHTSA and the Ad Council launched a new series of public service ads that urge parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future at every stage of life, by making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight.

For more information, go to: Child Passenger Safety Week
National Teen Driver Safety Week October 21-27, 2018

This week and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a passenger car, truck, or SUV. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

For awareness materials from NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing, go to:
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