February 2023

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts

Message from NETS' Executive Director,
Susan Hipp
My son came home from school recently and told me about an activity he had to do in one of his classes—a group activity no less, one of the most dreaded for teens because arrgh, you have to actually work together and communicate to achieve your goal! No phones allowed here where you can disappear and not have to face the world.

His group had to move a ball from the top of a water bottle across the room to a small basket using only the tip of their pens. It took several tries of dropping the ball when they moved too quickly, or didn’t hold the ball right with the pens, before they were able to work as one unit, moving the ball ever so slowly with their pens across the room. Goal accomplished.

Most of us have participated in team building activities like this at some point in our careers, or in school, working with colleagues or classmates to complete a group task. Team building activities can help with job satisfaction and organizational success and can prove to be the missing link that will help everyone feel more connected and able to collaborate more effectively.

At NETS, while we don’t offer group team-building activities (maybe we should try that at our next conference?), we do focus on collaboration and networking. You don’t have to go it alone in the fleet safety world and figure out how to move that ball from one side of the room to the other all on your own.

Each fleet has unique challenges and issues, and sharing best practices and resources among members can help you address some of those challenges without carrying the burden by yourself. If you’re not already a NETS member, I encourage you to join and take advantage of the opportunity to participate in NETS annual Benchmark. We will be starting orientations and collecting data in the coming weeks to help companies see how they compare in terms of crash, injury and fatality frequencies, taking into consideration road safety policies, driver training programs, crash review practices, the “greening” of fleets, and more. Members identify best practices to put in place a cost-effective, integrated, and comprehensive plan to improve their road safety performance.

In addition, one of the best ways to collaborate is in-person, sharing ideas and initiatives over a cup of coffee, and hearing presentations from road safety experts addressing the challenges you’re facing. Therefore, I invite you to Save the Date for one or both of NETS 2023 Conferences: the 2023 Regional EMEA Conference in Paris in September addressing issues specific to Europe, Middle East, and Africa; or the Annual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Conference in Indianapolis October 11-12. More information, including registration details, coming soon.

Working together through collaboration and networking can make moving that ball so much easier. Advancing road safety and saving lives on the world’s roadways is a group effort. 
Susan Hipp
Executive Director, NETS

NETS Annual Strength IN Numbers®
Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana
October 11-12, 2023

Registration & more information coming soon!
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 that travel nearly 11 billion miles annually.

NETS 2023 Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) Regional Conference

Paris, France
September, 2023
(exact dates to be determined)

Finalized dates & registration coming soon!

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.

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.

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 www.lytx.com@lytx 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.
Learn about all of NETS Fleet Safety Sponsors
IIHS Strengthens Requirements for Top Safety Pick Awards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is strengthening the requirements for its Top Safety Pick awards in 2023, demanding better side crash protection and improved pedestrian crash prevention systems and eliminating subpar headlights from...

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California Might Start Charging for Driving a Heavy Vehicle

California is looking to further its push for more eco-friendly roads. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that lawmakers are considering a new mandate that would charge additional weight-based registration fees to drivers who own heavy cars,...

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How to Boost Driver Safety and Improve Behavior in Chaotic Times
Distracted driving is at an all-time high as drivers are increasingly addicted to electronics behind the wheel — while ADAS technology might be making them complacent. And yes, "lunch while driving" is an overlooked distraction.

Attention Grabbing: Helping Motorists Spot Roadside Workers

Helping stranded motorists on the side of the road should not be one of America’s most lethal jobs, but it is. On average, two emergency responders, including tow workers, are struck and killed every month by a driver who fails to obey the law...

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Safe Driving Tips for Spring

Springtime weather differs across the country, so driving conditions and cautions differ, too. "The things you're looking out for in one state might be different than in another," AAA spokesman Andrew Gross says. If your spring is rainy, a common ...

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How Temperature and Speed Affect EV Range
The goal was to determine how speed impacts range and what happens to the speed efficiency curve at different temperatures. The analysis compared both an electric sedan and a light cargo can with 65kWh battery. Data on the intersection of speed and temperature allows fleets to make decisions on the best trip strategies.

Crash Avoidance Tech Plagued by Costly Repairs, Calibration

Advanced driver assistance technologies such as automatic emergency braking or forward crash avoidance have been shown to work, but in cases where an accident happens, fixing those technologies can be a hassle.

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Why Subscription Models May be First Step to EV Adoption
The rapid push to electric vehicles might give a major incentive for a change in vehicle usage/platform to usher in mass electric vehicle adoption, such as EV subscription services that could spur more usage.

Hydrogen Engines for Production in 2025

Hyundai Doosan Infracore (HDI) is aiming to mass produce internal combustion engines (ICE) the use hydrogen as fuel in 2025. The firm is unveiling its prototype ICE power unit that runs on hydrogen in 2023, with full-scale testing planned for...

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New Projection: U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Rise Again in 2022

Drivers in the United States struck and killed 3,434 people in the first half of 2022 - up 5%, or 168 more deaths, from the same period the year before, according to a new analysis from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

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New Global Road Safety Leaders' Network Tackles Road Deaths

A first of its kind Global Network of Heads of National Road Safety Agencies has convened to push forward actions to reduce the global scourge of road traffic deaths and injuries. Representatives from 55 countries joined the event hosted by the...

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European Road Deaths: Figures Revealed

Mixed picture in Europe with Latvia and Estonia among countries with cause for concern. Figures across multiple countries suggest room for improvement.

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7th UN Global Road Safety Week: 15-22 May 2023

Road traffic injures are a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, with around 1.3 million people killed and as many as 50 million people injured each year. For people aged 5-29 years, there is no greater threat to their lives. Globally, ...

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Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety

March 6-10, 2023 | El Salvador with Virtual Option - The Eighth Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims will be held. It will be a hybrid event, enabling wider participation.

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Recalls Safety Campaign | Traffic Safety Marketing

2023 Vehicle Safety Recalls Week is March 6-12, 2023. If your car has a recall, get it fixed - it could save a life. Also, check your car for recalls at least twice a year and sign up to receive alerts about new recalls at nhtsa.gov/recalls

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Registration: Lifesavers National Conference

April 2-4, 2023 | Seattle, WA - The 2023 Lifesavers Conference will provide a national platform with over 80 workshops in ten tracks, plenary sessions, and an extensive exhibit hall.

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Registration: NAFA Institute & Expo

April 17-19, 2023 | Baltimore, MD - Join thousands of fleet professionals from across North America in every segment including corporate, government, public safety, utility, education, and more.

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Registration: NSC Spring Safety Conference & Expo

May 17-19, 2023 | Indianapolis, IN - You can connect with other safety professionals, explore new products and services from over 100 exhibiting companies and learn from leading industry experts.

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Registration: GHSA Annual Meeting

August 12-16, 2023 | New York, NY - This year’s theme, “Connecting Communities: Putting Vision Zero into Action,” affirms the importance of involving communities of all sizes in implementing proven and innovative solutions for preventing crashes.

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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 https://trafficsafety.org/membership-info/.
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