February 2020

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
It’s that time of year again...time to mark your calendars for an event you won't want to miss! NETS Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference  is scheduled to take place October 14-15, 2020 at the Westin International Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

Building upon last year’s record-setting attendance, this year's event is sure to be another great opportunity to gain new ideas and best practices designed to help improve your road safety program, at the only conference focused exclusively on employer road safety . This year’s conference will give attendees access to leading NETS Road Safety Sponsors and technical experts enabling participants to walk away with the latest developments in road safety training, leadership engagement and cutting-edge automotive safety technology. Regardless of your program's level of maturity, the conference is certain to have something for everyone.

Due to tremendous popularity during last year’s conference, returning again will be a dedicated Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) track addressing the unique and wide ranging challenges of operating a HGV fleet. Expanded networking opportunities with direct access and insight to the latest government road safety priorities will also be offered giving attendees insights on some of the most pressing road safety challenges facing industry today.

Plans are also underway to secure a number of memorable KEYNOTE speakers as well as relatable presentations from fellow members and sponsors alike. If you are not already a NETS member and have responsibilities for a vehicle fleet, or are a government agency/non-profit organization, and wish to join NETS or attend the conference, please contact Susan Gillies at sgillies@trafficsafety.org for additional membership information.  

Further information including hotel reservation details, early-bird registration and a preliminary conference agenda will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, SAVE the DATE for this year’s event! 

Thanks again for your continued efforts and commitment to road safety. Drive safely!

NETS 2020 Strength IN Numbers® Conference Date and Location Announced!

October 14 & 15, 2020
Westin Denver International Airport
Denver, Colorado
***State of the art location and venue with convenient and seamless access to downtown Denver and surrounding area attractions***

Mark your calendar! Join your peers at the only conference focused 
exclusively on employer road safety.

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. 

  • Share road safety case studies, new research, and emerging issues;
  • Review NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Benchmark Report;
  • Gain exclusive access to industry-leading Road Safety Sponsors; and,
  • Network with other conference participants which include NETS member companies from diverse industry sectors.


Additional details  coming soon  including early-bird conference registration and hotel reservation links.
NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

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 23 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with 70+ client 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
New Year, Safer Fleet - eDriving

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Plans to Halve Road Deaths by 2030

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Supporting Worker Sleep Is Good for Business

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Connected Technology Will Benefit Companies and Consumers

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Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: Highest in 30 Years

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Motor Vehicle Deaths: Estimated to Have Dropped 2% in 2019

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2020 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

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Global Fleet Champions Awards: Accepting Applications

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The Day Our World Crumbled: The Human Impact of Inaction

This report, which is based on a survey of 5,606 people from 132 countries, focuses on the devastating impact that road crashes have on the lives...

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NGOs Say Enough is Enough: Time for Governments to Act

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NETS had the opportunity to participate in the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden 19-20 February 2020 where the Stockholm Declaration was presented by the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Mr. Tomas Eneroth, as the outcome document of the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

"Now is the time to turn ideas, experiences and shared knowledge and successes into action. A strong political commitment is required at all levels, together with regional and national strategies and road safety action plans. Together we can achieve global goals by 2030."

Coronavirus - an Extra Challenge for Global Fleet Managers

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Global Ministers Call for 20 mph Speed Limits in Urban Areas

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Global NCAP Crash Test: Vehicle Safety in Africa

In the first test of its kind, Global NCAP has crashed one of the best-selling pick up model in Africa, the 2019 Nissan NP300 Hardbody, into a second-hand Nissan Navara NP300 manufactured in Europe in 2015. The unique car to car crash test...

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European Safety Council Calls for SUVs To Be BANNED

ETSC wants 'urgent action' to cut deaths of pedestrians and cyclists in EU cities It said authorities should ban SUVs which cause more harm due to their size Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research slammed claims SUVs are more dangerous SUVs found to...

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Report Highlights Key Principles for Improving Road Safety

On the second UNESCO International Day of Education, a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge...

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Vehicle Safety Recalls Week: March 2-6, 2020

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Saint Patrick's Day: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

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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  www.trafficsafety.org/Membership .
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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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