February 2021

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
NETS members and fellow road safety colleagues,

How do we continue life as normal while living through a pandemic? This thought may have crossed many of your minds during the past months as we venture into yet another year living with the COVID-19 global pandemic. In many places across the globe, road fatalities have increased, and speeding has become more of a concern than ever despite reduced overall travel. Organizations have had to implement new policies and remain flexible to accommodate the changing environment. 

Throughout it all, I have seen how NETS member companies, Sponsors, and road safety advocates have remained dedicated to the mission of saving lives and advancing road safety. Road safety conferences are still taking place, driver training remains a priority, employees’ health and well-being have become an essential element of workplace programs…and the same holds true for NETS. 

We continue “life as normal”. We have begun planning not only our annual Strength IN Numbers® Road Safety Conference but will also be hosting our 2nd Latin America (LATAM) Regional Satellite Conference as a follow-up to our event in 2019. Due to the continued uncertainty posed by the pandemic, we will be holding each of the upcoming conferences in a VIRTUAL format once again. Each conference event will give attendees access to leading NETS road safety technical experts and Sponsor partners 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, these conferences can provide you valuable insights into your current program.

In addition, due to last year’s tremendous popularity ꟷ returning for the third year in a row ꟷ a number of dedicated SECTOR road safety meetings will take place in conjunction with the annual conference in the areas of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), Insurance, Utility, Agriculture and Healthcare. These expanded networking opportunities will give conference attendees further access and insight into the latest sector-specific road safety priorities.

Further information regarding early-bird registration as well as preliminary conference agendas will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, SAVE the DATE for these events!

As a final note, preparations are also well underway to launch our annual Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark report designed to capture employer road safety metrics and program activities. It is more important than ever during this challenging time to review road safety programs and priorities to ensure the safety of employees. The annual report represents one of the industry’s most comprehensive data collection efforts and is a vital component to any employer road safety program. Analysis of Benchmark data and related trends can not only reveal key areas of program need and improvement but can also lead to accelerated progress and efficiency in the implementation of road safety efforts. 

Data collection for the NETS Benchmark will remain open during the next few months so if you are not already a NETS member, now is a great time to join allowing the opportunity to participate in this year's annual benchmark process. 

I invite non-members to explore NETS member benefits and encourage you to join today to support your journey of reducing road safety risk across your organization. 

So how do we continue life as normal during this pandemic? By focusing on what matters such as the safety of our families and employees on the road. Thank you for your continued efforts and commitment to road safety. Stay well and drive safely!  

NETS 2021
Strength IN Numbers Benchmark and
LATAM Regional Satellite Conferences

~ Dates Announced ~
As we continue our journey living with the COVID-19 global pandemic, the health and wellness of NETS members and fellow road safety colleagues remains of utmost priority. With the potential for various financial and travel limitations continuing in the months to come, the NETS Board of Directors has made the decision to conduct our 2021 annual NETS Strength IN Numbers® Road Safety Conference as well as our corresponding International Latin America (LATAM) Regional Satellite conference proceedings in a VIRTUAL environment.

With record-setting turnout during our 2020 Strength IN Numbers® Road Safety conference we again anticipate another high-quality and engaging learning experience for everyone this year!
NETS 2021 Latin America (LATAM) Regional Satellite Conference:

September 14 & 15
NETS 2021 Strength IN Numbers® Annual Road Safety Conference:

October 19, 20, & 21
Mark Your Calendar Now!
Stay tuned for more information regarding registration, speaker line-ups, virtual Sponsor exhibits, and more!
UPS Inducts 1,412 Of Its Safest Drivers Into Circle Of Honor

UPS announced the induction of 1,412 men and women into the Circle of Honor, an elite group of UPS drivers who have been among the safest drivers on the road, and have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more.

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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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About NETSWork®
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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