August 2019

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
As we approach the unofficial end to summer with the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, now is also a great time to reflect on the what I hope has been a safe and productive year so far for everyone with regards to your road safety programs.   

Having spent a large portion of my career in the private sector addressing a myriad of unique and challenging road safety initiatives, I also carry many fond memories of the tremendous energy and networking opportunities brought forth when I attended the annual NETS Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark conference . The opportunity to personally network and interact with some of the industry’s most sought after experts and thought-leaders in the road safety arena, as well as many peers and like-minded road safety colleagues, continues to make the NETS conference a can’t miss event for anyone seeking to drive improvements in their organization’s road safety programs. 

In response to the “multiple hats” many road safety professionals are carrying these days we have carefully planned our conference agenda to address a wide range of emerging road safety issues, technologies and regulations alike. 

  • Opening remarks by the Honorable Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will set the tone for our conference as he outlines some of the most pressing road safety issues we are seeing on our roadways today, as well as tangible insights into how to solve these extreme challenges. 
  • Keeping with the important focus of safe vehicle design and technology, conference proceedings will also see David Harkey, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), take the podium to share the very latest in automotive design and technology advancements which employers should be considering when building safety into their fleet selectors. A dedicated round table panel session from some of the world’s leading automotive OEMs (Toyota, Volvo and General Motors) will dive even deeper into the direction their respective organizations are taking to build safety into their vehicle designs. 
  • For the first time ever at a NETS conference, the topic of wellness and the tremendous impact it plays in shaping an employer’s road safety programs will be presented by Sergio Rojas, Holistic Health Coach, Functional Movement Specialist and Certified Nutrition Specialist.
  • And finally, Faye Caldwell, Attorney at Law, Caldwell Everson PLLC, will share important insights surrounding the impact of rapidly emerging cannabis legalization, including guidance on road safety policy development for employers.

New this year will also be special breakout sessions for those employers who carry heavy good vehicles as part of their vehicle fleet. I encourage you to review the full agenda and additional presentation topics in what is shaping up to be one of our most complete and wide-ranging set of proceedings on record. 

Whether you are a road safety professional, fleet management specialist, risk manager or occupational health and safety professional, this year’s conference is sure to have something for everyone.  Registration continues to build and I look forward to having you and/or fellow members of your road safety team join us in October!

Thanks again to everyone for your time, energy and commitment to keeping our roads safe for everyone.

Drive Safely!
Still Time to Register for NETS Annual Conference!

Whether you are a full-time road safety professional, manage a fleet of vehicles, or serve in a support role with your organization's road safety program, the NETS 2019 Annual Conference is certain to have something for everyone! 
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National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26, 2019

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