December 2022

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts

Message from NETS' Executive Director,
Susan Hipp

Did you know making New Year’s resolutions has been a tradition thought to have caught on 4,000 years ago? The practice is believed to have started with the ancient Babylonians who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods at the start of a new year. Sadly, most of these resolutions aren’t maintained. Research shows that while as many as 45 percent of Americans commit to New year’s resolutions, only 8 percent are successful in sticking with them.

If you’re making resolutions as we approach the new year, it’s helpful to think back on what successes you’ve had during the previous year in order to determine what resolutions you would like to focus on moving forward. Did you start a new exercise routine last year and stuck with it? Perhaps this year your resolution is to build on that and add to your routine. Did you make a resolution to travel more? If so, how many new countries or cities will you visit this year?

NETS’ resolution each year remains being committed to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on and off the job. Looking back on 2022, a few highlights toward these efforts included:

  • Enhanced Board of Directors representation with the addition of USIC
  • Increased international outreach and initiatives through partnerships with organizations such as iRAP, UNRSF, and WBCSD; webinar discussing expanded global benchmark areas to support the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030; attendance at the UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on Improving Global Road Safety; and other discussions focusing on the impact of the private sector on global road safety.
  • Newly launched NETSTalk Now: Driving Change Podcast on relevant and current road safety topics
  • Preparation of the Managing Fatigue for the Fleet Safety Professional to be launched in January 2023 as an employer toolkit
  • First ever annual conference in a hybrid format
  • Added NETS Sponsor representation with new companies at all Sponsor Levels

Looking ahead to 2023, whether or not you normally make New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to focus on improved road safety as one of your resolutions- find road safety resources that can help your employees as well as their family members drive safely; pledge to be consistent with road safety messaging and continue encouraging safe driving practices throughout the year, not just in the first few weeks of the year; review your fleet safety program for areas of improvement that could be implemented throughout the coming year; work to make road safety part of your culture if it isn’t already.

We must resolve to continue focusing on the importance of road safety and protecting employees, their family members, and ALL members of the community.

In closing out the year, I want to take a moment to THANK all of you who have worked so tirelessly in your road safety efforts and will continue to do so in the new year: NETS Board of Directors, Members, and Sponsors; NETS U.S. and Global Partner organizations; and countless others who play a vital role in advancing the mission. I am excited for many new and continued partnerships and road safety initiatives in the coming year.

I wish you a joyous and safe holiday season and a happy new year!
Susan Hipp
Executive Director, NETS


NETS is developing the guide "Managing Fatigue for the Fleet Safety Professional" for those who seek to understand how fatigue impacts the safety of workers who drive as part of their job, and to reduce the risk of crashes and injuries resulting from fatigued driving. Look for more information soon!

NETSTalk Now: Driving Change, A NETS Road Safety Podcast

Join leading global road safety experts to hear the latest in road safety technology, innovations, and best practices. Each month we will explore topics on advancing road safety and reducing risk on the world’s roadways.

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

Lytx is the global leader in fleet management technologies. Our solutions harness the power of video to empower drivers and fleets to be safer and more efficient, productive, and profitable so they can thrive in today’s competitive environment. Through the Lytx platform, direct and reseller clients access our customizable services and programs spanning driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, preventative maintenance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and 1.6 million drivers in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information on Lytx video telematics systems, visit on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

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.

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.

Volvo Cars is a multinational passenger car manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The first Volvo car rolled off the Gothenburg production line in Sweden in 1927. Since then, Volvo Car Group has been a world-leader in safety technology and innovation. From the very outset Volvo Cars has been a brand for people who care about the world and the people around us. We have made it our mission to make life easier, better and safer for everyone.

Volvo is behind some of the most important inventions and innovations in the history of car safety, and we are continuously improving your safety. Among those innovations are the three-point seat belt (1959); rearward facing child seat (1972) and the booster cushion (1978); side impact protection system (1991) and the side air-bag (1994); the blind spot information system, BLIS (1994) and many more safety innovations.

Today, Volvo is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales in more than 100 countries. Volvo’s goal is that no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car. An important step in that direction is the introduction of LIDAR in our new fully electric flagship SUV, the Volvo EX90.

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.
Learn about all of NETS Fleet Safety Sponsors
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