August 2022

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts

Message from NETS' Executive Director,
Susan Gillies-Hipp

Not Just a Number

Last year, a crash not far from my house resulted in the deaths of 3 teens. Two other teens in the vehicle survived but were seriously injured. Speed was involved, and likely impairment as the crash happened at 4am on a weekend. It rocked the community. Classmates, teachers, even strangers grieved for lives lost too soon. Life has gone on, the flowers laid at the crash site long since blown away in the wind. But the lives of their families will never be the same. Those teens are now counted among the 1.3 million traffic crash fatalities reported by the World Health Organization that occur around the world every year. That's 1.3 million. It's not just a number. It's someone's sister, father, grandparent, child.

The number seems daunting, hard to imagine we can make any impact big enough to change it. But even one more life saved is one more family that doesn't have to grieve. NETS mission and the mission of our member organizations is to prevent traffic crashes that happen both on- and off-the-job. We work tirelessly to protect not only employees, but sisters, fathers, grandparents, and children.

If you're invested in road safety and want to have an impact on reducing that number, join us October 5 & 6 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or virtually, for NETS Annual Strength IN Numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference. Attendees can network with other road safety advocates and learn best practices, hear the latest in safe vehicle technology, and find out how to advance road safety to protect all drivers and other vulnerable road users.

In addition, if you want to gain expert knowledge from your own or other industry sectors on how to address sector-specific road safety challenges and issues, you're also invited to participate in our industry sector meetings (available for in-person conference attendees) from the Utility, Heavy Goods Vehicles, Insurance, or Agriculture sectors. More information about these meetings is below.

Don't miss the opportunity to learn from other road safety professionals and make an impact on lowering that tragic number. Hope to see you in Michigan either in-person or virtually!
Susan Gillies-Hipp
Executive Director, NETS

Register today for NETS
Annual Strength IN Numbers
Fleet Safety Conference!

HOTEL CUTOFF IS 9/9/22! Reserve your room now!
A special room block has been reserved for NETS Conference attendees at the rate of $154 USD plus tax.

NETS Members: $599
Non-NETS Members: $699
Government / Non-profit: $299
Virtual Only: $449
On-site /day of registration: NETS Members $649, Non-NETS Members $749
October 5~6, 2022
with optional in-person tours at Mcity and UMTRI on October 7 included with your registration

(NOTE: cutoff to RSVP for tour is 9/9/22)

Join Us for Industry Sector Meetings During NETS Annual Conference to Learn More About Sector-Specific Road Safety Challenges and Issues!

  • Utility Sector Meeting: Tuesday, October 4 from 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle Sector Meeting: Tuesday, October 4 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Insurance Sector Meeting: Wednesday, October 5 from 7:00am-8:00am
  • Agriculture Sector Meeting: Thursday, October 6 from 7:00am - 8:00am

More details coming soon! Times subject to change based on final meeting agenda. While recordings of some meetings may be available afterward, live sector meeting participation is available only to in-person conference attendees. Contact Ann Kidd, NETS Operations Manager, at for any questions.
NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

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.

eDriving, a Solera company, helps organizations around the world to reduce incidents, collisions, injuries, license violations, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership through its patented digital driver risk management programs.

At its heart is the Mentor by eDrivingSM smartphone app that identifies risky driving behaviors for intervention and safe driving habits for recognition. In-app features include micro-training and coaching, gamification, collision reporting, vehicle inspections, and an individual FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict the likelihood of being involved in a collision. Mentor’s integrated automatic crash detection and Personal SOS features powered by Sfara and Bosch trigger a voice call and emergency support, as needed, from one of Bosch’s Global Call Centers supporting >50 countries. Through its five-stage, patented Crash-Free Culture® risk reduction methodology, eDriving helps organizations embrace safety and reduce risk for Sales, Service, Delivery and Warehouse drivers, all within a privacy-first, data-secure environment.

eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries. Over the past 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 awards around the world.

SOBRsafe’s mission is to save lives and create safer work environments.

The annual cost of alcohol abuse in the U.S. is $249 billion. Nearly half of all industrial accidents with injuries are alcohol-related, and 1-in-10 U.S. commercial drivers test positive for alcohol (the highest rate worldwide).

In response, SOBRsafe has developed an instantaneous and hygienic alcohol screening technology that integrates seamlessly with driver check-in/out processes. The employee simply places two fingers on the device, and within ten seconds, their identity is verified and the alcohol test complete. All scans are reported in real-time to a secure cloud-based portal, and supervisors are immediately notified via SMS and email if alcohol has been detected.

This comprehensive, uniform testing is allowing SOBRsafe customers to enhance their safety, reduce insurance premiums by up to 25%, and create a culture of prevention.
Learn about all of NETS Fleet Safety Sponsors
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Fleet Drivers Average 4.5 Crashes Yearly

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More Sweeping Cellphone Laws Reduce Crash Rates

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Drivers Who Are Frustrated, Distracted, Mad and Rusty

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Teen Designed A Motor That May Transform Electric Cars

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Auto Braking Systems Can Fail to See Pedestrians at Night

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Toyota Reveals Hitchless Towing Concept

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The End of Manual Transmission

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NIOSH Behind the Wheel at Work - Vol 7 No 2

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NHTSA Estimates Show Record Increase in Fatalities

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Safe Testing and Deployment of Vehicles Equipped with ADS

Automated and non-automated vehicles are sharing the roadway, creating challenges for the safe integration of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driver System (ADS) equipped vehicles. Motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies...

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Road Safety Week | Brake

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2022 GHSA Annual Meeting
September 17–21, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

Join colleagues and partners from across the country in Derby City this September as we redefine possible in traffic safety.

Stop. Trains Can't. | Traffic Safety Marketing

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2022 AFLA Conference
Join AFLA for their 2022 Corporate Fleet Conference in Tucson, AZ. The conference will begin Monday, October 10, 2022 with networking opportunities that evening. All sessions will begin on Tuesday, October 11th with the conference concluding at 12pm on Thursday, October 13th. Mark your calendars now to join us for "Forward Together."

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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