August 2020

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and campaigns.
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy during what continues to be unique times for many. Here at NETS I am pleased to share exciting news as we have recently seen two notable milestones take place within our organization. Last month, registration was officially opened for our first ever NETS Virtual Strength In Numbers® Benchmark Conference. With the full support and engagement of the NETS Board of Directors, plans are falling into place nicely with registration building for what is sure to be an amazing learning experience for everyone.  

This year’s lineup of conference speakers is as strong as ever and is certain to resonate with many. Whether you are in the early stages of developing your road safety program, or managing a more mature program, this year’s conference proceedings are sure to have something for everyone. I encourage you to preview our latest agenda and share with fellow colleagues and other road safety advocates. As our conference is virtual this year, we have no restrictions or limits on attendance and welcome everyone to join what is the only conference dedicated exclusively to employer road safety.

In addition to our conference planning efforts, earlier this month we also unveiled an entirely new membership platform designed to resonate with organizations of all shapes and sizes. This is a major development and one which was also extensively shaped by the NETS Board of Directors. With this new membership model we will now be offering membership across a tiered structure vs. our historical one size fits all membership model. We are excited about these changes and certain it will afford additional flexibility to actively participate and engage in membership. Benefits include participating in our unique and value-added road safety Benchmark efforts resulting in more meaningful data analysis and best practice recommendations. With road safety continuing to be one of the biggest challenges and top risks for many employers, NETS membership remains one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce that risk.  

Thanks again to everyone for your continued road safety efforts and hope to see many of you during our upcoming conference.

Take care and stay safe!
NETS membership is now available in a tiered structure based on total global employee headcount.

Changing from a “one size fits all” membership pricing model will allow a more diverse membership profile, including expanded participation by international employers.

The challenges associated with reducing risk and saving lives on the nation’s roadways can never be under-estimated. NETS mission is to help employers tackle these challenges head-on as we work to improve road safety on our nation's and global roadways.

Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
No. of Employees

Up to 4,999
5,000 to 19,999
Cost in USD


NETS 2020 Strength IN Numbers® Virtual Conference

October 13-15, 2020
Mark your calendar! Join your peers at the only conference focused 
exclusively on employer road safety.

General Conference registration: $349
Government/ Non-profit Organizations: $199
NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference convenes each year to bring together Global, Corporate, Government, and Non-profit employers.
Conference participants include NETS member companies from diverse industries, representing a collective global fleet of more than half-a-million vehicles, ~80% passenger vehicles, that travel nearly 11 billion miles annually. 
Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., Attending Physician at NY Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center, Author, Journalist, and TV Personality 

Opening Introduction: Road Safety Health and Wellness in Today's Challenging Environment
Sergio Rojas, Holistic Health Coach, Functional Movement Specialist and Certified Nutrition Specialist

Case Study: Better Fleet Safety Performance by Creating a Culture of Self-Care
Paul Atchley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida

The Economics of (In)attention: Navigating the Distractions of Technology in a Fleet Safety Environment
Nir Eyal, Bestselling Author and Investor

Indistractable: How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Jennifer Homendy, Board Member, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Road Safety Updates and Perspectives from the NTSB
NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDriving helps organizations to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations and total cost of fleet ownership through a patented driver risk management program.

Mentor by eDrivingSM is a smartphone-based solution that collects and analyzes driver behaviors most predictive of crash risk and helps remediate risky behavior by providing engaging, interactive micro-training modules delivered directly to the driver in the smartphone app. As part of a broader risk management platform, Virtual Risk Manager®, eDriving provides organizations with everything they need to establish safety as a strategic imperative, and support drivers and managers as they strive to create a crash-free culture®.

eDriving is the driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations, supporting over 1,000,000 drivers in 96 countries. Over the past 24 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 90 awards around the world.

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.
Learn about all of NETS Fleet Safety Sponsors
The coronavirus pandemic is a difficult situation for everyone, but it has created particular challenges for employers trying to maintain business operations while still keeping their employees and family members safe. NETS understands these challenges and realizes while the focus of road safety has shifted due to COVID-19, fleet safety is still a priority for employers continuing to maintain their business plan. Therefore, we are providing links to the following resources which may be helpful during this trying time.
Covid-19 Resources

NAFA Fleet Management Association continues to work with a host of federal, travel and transportation partners to keep our members updated with the most current resources and information regarding the current situation related to infectious...

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COVID-19 Transport Toolkit

Driving for Better Business, in partnership with FleetCheck, has created a unique toolkit to give fleets an overview of all the major issues with links to many additional resources. We will be adding to the toolkit with more resources and advice...

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Driver Risk in the New "Normal": A Guide for Managers

Understand the new road safety risks for employees in the 'new normal' environment; discover the 5 major changes for employees driving to, from and for work; and gain recommendations on improving driver safety and well-being for your employees.

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Working From Home a Major Factor in Post-pandemic Traffic

Once the pandemic subsides, will traffic return to normal with the pre-pandemic rush hours and congestion that have been a staple on U.S. roads for years?

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COVID-19 Creates Tax Headaches for Personal Use Charges

The state of fleet personal use charges in 2020 was complicated by the impact COVID-19 had on the industry, creating uncertainty for fleet personal use policies. This was caused by the widespread sheltering-in-place mandates and the subsequent...

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AAA Travel: Pandemic Will Suppress Memorial Day Travel

For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. The annual forecast – which estimates the number of people...

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NHTSA's New SaferCar App Aims To Stop Deadly Recall Delays

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency that oversees vehicle recalls, released a new smartphone app that will notify owners of recalls on cars, trucks, RVs, motorcycles, tires, child car seats, and even...

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Average Fuel Cost by State (Updated August 2020)

Which states are the most energy-cost efficient for drivers? That depends, of course, on whether a motorist is operating a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle or an electric vehicle. Which means there are multiple answers to that question of...

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Teens, Older Motorists More Likely To Get Into Crashes

The report raises equity concerns, highlighting disparities between drivers with lower and higher incomes. Those of lower socioeconomic status, also overrepresented in fatal crashes, drive less safe vehicles. Younger drivers in the lowest-income...

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How Truck Driver Fatigue Contributes to Accidents

While most motorists already know about the risks of driving under the influence, another form of unsafe driving behavior is less understood: drowsy driving. Drowsy or fatigued driving by any driver can substantially increase the risk of an accident.

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Active Driving Assistance Systems Do Less to Assist

AAA automotive researchers found that over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced some type of issue every 8 miles, on average.

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Technology: New Urban Mobility Solutions To Manage COVID-19

The outbreak of Covid-19 has had a significant impact on urban mobility. Based on a recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report, the lockdown measures put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19 significantly reduced passenger transport...

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Toyota and Amazon Web Services Collaborate

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company, are expanding their global collaboration, applying AWS's vast portfolio of services to expand Toyota's Mobility...

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Sustainability Key Motivator for Clean Vehicle Technologies

While diesel and gasoline engines will still be the main power source for commercial vehicles for the next decade, fleets are now testing and buying sustainable vehicle technologies in record numbers. That's according to a new study of fleet use...

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NIOSH Free Webinar: September 16

Are you facing increasing questions about impaired driving as a result of marijuana laws? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety invites health and safety professionals to learn more about...

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Road to Zero Coalition: Equity in Transportation Events

The Road to Zero Coalition is excited to announce an upcoming series of listening sessions exploring the intersection of equity and transportation safety. These Equity in Transportation Safety sessions, sponsored by Uber, are designed to begin...

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August 2020 Newsletter: Make Max Safety the New Road Trend

Earlier this year, Robert Wunderlich, director of Texas A&M Institute's Center for Transportation Safety, spoke about three high-risk driver behaviors, two high-risk crash types and three high-risk roadway user groups. Driver...

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Promote Mental Health, Prevent Worker Overdoses

With an increase in mental health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is experiencing a spike in opioid overdoses. Employers play a crucial role in supporting workers' mental health and well-being. The National Safety Council...

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Road Safety Commitment: Interview with Jean Todt

During the series of Round the World Roundtables in 2019, Jean Todt, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety (Special Envoy), attended three roundtables in Vietnam, Colombia, and Ecuador, and publicly received decision makers'...

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How to Reduce TCO Through Proper Fleet Maintenance in Latam

We all know that lowering total cost of ownership, commonly known as TCO, in your fleet is important. However, some of you may not be doing it to the extent you should. It takes initial planning and then ongoing discipline throughout your fleet...

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Belgium To Launch Emergency Corridor System

Belgium will be the ninth EU country to implement the emergency corridor system to enable emergency response teams faster access to crash sites when a new requirement comes into force on 1...

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New German Data Confirm One Third of Collisions Due to Speed

New German data confirm that one third of collisions involve inappropriate speed. 32% of the people who were killed in a traffic collision in 2019 in Germany died in an incident where the police accused at least one driver of driving at an...

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Mitigating the risk of COVID-19

As part of the global fight against COVID-19, AIP Foundation partnered with Solidarity Center and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to produce nearly 500 posters and 1,500...

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Argentina Commitment for New Victim Observatory

In November 2019, Associación Madres del Dolor received a commitment from the president of the House of Representatives, the national legislative body in Argentina, to create a victims' observatory, as a way for those affected by road crashes and ...

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Driver Assistance Systems: Helping or Hurting?

Join DriveSmart VA on Thursday, September 24 for an exciting free webinar to discuss vehicle technologies and crash testing with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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Join AFLA for the NextGen 2020 Virtual Corporate Fleet Conference, October 5-7, for an engaging and exciting virtual conference experience. This year’s conference includes interactive educational sessions, dynamic keynote speakers and exciting...
Last Chance to Register for NAFA's Virtual I&E

The NAFA 2020 Institute & Expo, the largest fleet management event, remains committed to providing you with the critical education you’ve come to expect from NAFA. While our goal was to bring the Fleet community together in Indianapolis...

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Child Passenger Safety Week: September 20-26, 2020

NHTSA has launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) 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.

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Do you have a particularly successful road safety example to share? NETS Members are encouraged to share best practices, ask questions or contribute their expertise to the NETS Road Safety Leaders Forum, an online discussion forum exclusively for NETS Members and Sponsors. Not yet a member? Check out the benefits at
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NETSWork is published electronically each month by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Susan Gillies, editor, and Joe McKillips, Executive Director.
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