August 2021

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Exciting times continue here at NETS! In just a few weeks on September 21 & 22, 2021 we will be hosting our second ever NETS Regional Road Safety Conference in Latin America (LATAM). This is a major undertaking and one which is designed to continue the expansion of NETS mission to reduce risk and save lives across the globe. As noted in previous conference broadcasts, this conference will be virtual allowing quick and efficient access for everyone. Final plans are falling in place at this very time with an impressive lineup of keynote, member and sponsor presentations where real-world solutions will be shared on some of the most pressing LATAM road safety challenges. The conference is certain to resonate with NETS members and non-members alike who carry a multi-national road safety footprint and we invite you to join us if your company fits that profile. Registration is open now through the conference!

Looking beyond our LATAM conference, planning efforts are also well underway for NETS Annual Strength IN NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Conference taking place October 19-21. This conference will also be held in a virtual format to provide greater accessibility for everyone. Record attendance during last year’s virtual conference provided yet another memorable experience and this year’s event promises to be one of our best on record as we continue to build momentum and attract some of the most respected road safety experts across the industry. Mark your calendars and register now!

As an additional reminder, NETS Sector meetings will be held again this year – for the third year in a row – the week after the annual conference to give members and sponsors an even deeper review of road safety issues and challenges within their respective industry sector. Road safety leaders from Agriculture, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), Insurance and Utility organizations are expected to come together the week of October 25th for these value added meetings. As further details are finalized, meeting times and dates will be communicated to all. Read more about last year's sector meetings where updated information will be posted soon!

Thanks again to everyone for your continued dedication and commitment to road safety and I wish everyone continued success!
NETS 2021
Strength IN Numbers Benchmark and
LATAM Regional Satellite Conferences
Two great conferences, now more accessible to everyone in a virtual environment!

NETS 2nd Latin America (LATAM) Regional Road Safety conference represents a valuable opportunity to learn about the variety of road safety initiatives and challenges specific to the LATAM region.
Join us VIRTUALLY to share and learn about best practices and solutions across industries with other fleet safety managers who face similar challenges.
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.

NETS Member Promotion
Current NETS member companies are encouraged to invite non-members to attend either conference. If the non-member company joins NETS, BOTH companies will receive ONE complimentary conference registration for either conference! 
Multiple Registrant Promotion
Organizations with 4 registered participants will receive complimentary registration for all additional attendees. Encourage your colleagues to attend!
For more information about NETS membership, please visit our membership page: Membership Information – Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
Contact Susan Gillies, NETS Marketing and Operations Director, for details.

NETS Sponsor Webinar Series:
Nuclear Verdicts: Out of Control or Controlling the Outcome?
In partnership with NETS, TRUCE, a NETS Platinum Sponsor, will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, September 15 from 2:00pm ET to 3:00pm ET

Nuclear verdicts are a rising cause for concern in commercial fleets. But what are nuclear verdicts and why are they increasing - both in quantity and size of jury awards? Where does distracted driving fit in? And what can commercial fleets and defense lawyers do to avoid runaway verdicts?
Join Joe Fried, Founding Partner of Fried Goldberg LLC, as he shares his experience as a plaintiff lawyer in cases involving nuclear-size verdicts with commercial fleets. Then learn about technology that automatically enforces your mobile device usage policy and prevents distracted driving – reducing exposure to potential nuclear verdicts.
During this webinar, you will learn:
  • What jurors react to that lead to nuclear verdicts – from driver actions to defense tactics.
  • Reasons why plaintiff’s lawyers have an advantage over defense lawyers.
  • Why cell phone policies don’t work without a level of enforcement.
  • What commercial fleets can do to prevent nuclear verdicts.
Joseph A. Fried
Founding Partner, Fried Goldberg LLC
Co-Founder, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDrivingSM helps organizations to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations and total cost of fleet ownership through a patented digital driver risk management program.
Mentor by eDriving 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 digital 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 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 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
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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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