July 2018

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Road Safety Colleagues,
Greetings and I hope this finds everyone having a safe and enjoyable summer. 
NETS' statistical benchmark team and partners are hard at work finalizing the review and analysis of Benchmark data submitted by NETS members earlier in the year. As many of you know, this assessment and deep dive analysis leads to a unique set of road safety outcomes which are invaluable to our member audience. 

Upon its completion, a summary of key findings and correlations between crash performance and leading program initiatives will be rolled into our 2018 Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark Report and delivered to NETS members. A top-line overview of Benchmark findings will also be shared during our 2018 Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark Conference scheduled to take place in Frisco, TX October 10 th and 11 th . This year's event is sure to be another great opportunity to learn best practices and gain ideas on how you can improve your road safety program, at the only conference focused exclusively on employer road safety .
Conference registration totals are on record pace so if you have not already done so, I encourage you to register as space will be limited.  KEYNOTE speakers were announced last month, and a full list of speakers will be unveiled in early August. Don’t miss your chance to interact with other road safety professionals. Register today!
Thanks again to everyone for your commitment to road safety.
Safe Driving!
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Join us October 10 & 11 in Frisco, Texas to share road safety case studies, new research and emerging issues with your employer road safety peers at the NETS 2018 Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference.

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The Latest on Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need to Know

From Car and Driver The automotive world and beyond is buzzing about the massive airbag recall covering many millions of vehicles in the United States from nearly two dozen brands. Here's what you need to know about the problem; which vehicles...

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2018's Best & Worst Cities to Drive in

Most Americans rely on cars to get around. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, "87 percent of daily trips take place in personal vehicles." And even with growing access to public transportation in U.S. cities, most people still...

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Controlling Fuel Costs as Gas Prices Rise

Gasoline prices are at comparatively higher levels this year than where they were last year. Should fuel prices continue to rise, controlling fuel costs is going to become a more important factor for fleets than it already is. Seeking technologies...

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Most People Still Don't Think Texting and Driving Dangerous

One afternoon, while driving through Playa del Rey, I was following a woman in a convertible who was swerving in and out of the lane-a dangerous activity on any road, but especially here, with the narrow lanes and blind turns. Upon reaching a...

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Teen Crash Risk Highest During First 3 Months After License

Teenage drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a collision or near miss during the first three months after getting a driver's license, according to a study led by the National Institutes of Health.

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Top Vehicle Theft Hot Spots Named

Albuquerque, New Mexico, recorded the highest rate of vehicle thefts in the U.S. in 2017 as vehicle thefts increased 4.1% across the nation, reports the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Each year, the bureau analyzes thefts reported to law...

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New Speed Limit Changes on Nebraska Roads Causing Concerns

Nebraska Department of Transportation announced new speed changes go into effect starting Thursday. The new speed limit on interstates 80, 680 and 480 in Douglas County will increase from 60 mph to 65 mph. Drivers will also see speed limit...

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Louisiana First State to Allow App to Replace License

Blog Louisiana becomes first state to allow smartphone app to replace physical driver's license. Police officers in Louisiana will now accept digital driver's licenses through your smartphone during traffic stops, according to an...

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Thermal Signs Near Railroad Crossings to Help Save Lives

Have you noticed the new signs on the sidewalk? Idaho Operation Lifesaver and other government agencies worked to place thermal signage near railroad tracks Thursday. Six signs were placed in Idaho Falls near Elm Street and B...

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Los Angeles to Install Intelligent Traffic Signals

Upgrades to traffic control systems in Los Angeles could make that city’s streets safer for more than just the folks behind the wheel. New control cabinets — the behind-the-scenes nerve center for traffic signals — will include new technology to...

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Driverless-car Makers Want Freedom From Safety Standards

The House measure would enable the Transportation secretary to grant automakers exemptions from federal motor vehicle safety standards, through a phased approach that would begin with 25,000 exemptions in the first year and increase to 100,000 by ...

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Road to Zero Newsletter

Latest Road to Zero updates: the next Road to Zero Coalition meeting, new members, Stop on Red Week, Safety Priority Statements and more.

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National Leaders Brainstorming Ways to Stop Drugged Driving

Campaigns against drinking and driving have made the practice socially unacceptable. But when it comes to certain drugs, experts say, we have a lot of catching up to do. "The thing that's the scariest is that people who are impaired with...

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States Receive Funds to Tackle Teen Driver Safety

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) have awarded State Highway Safety Offices in five states funding to support teen safe driving programs. This marks the eleventh year of GHSA and Ford...

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Japan Targeting 2020 Olympics for a Driverless Car System

Reuters reports on a series of technological plans announced in a recent government strategic review for the country of Japan-the country plans to test a driverless car system on public roads sometime this year, in time for deployment at the 2020 ...

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Number of Children Killed or Seriously Injured Doubles

Brake, national road safety and sustainable transport charity, comments on the Highways England report detailing the Strategic Road Network's (SRN) casualty performance for 2016 showing that the number of children killed or seriously injured on...

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Truck Driver Charged in Canada Hockey Bus Crash With 16 Dead

The driver of a semi-trailer that collided with a bus in an April crash that killed 16 people involved with a Canadian youth hockey team was arrested on criminal charges Friday, authorities said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said...

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Canadian Government Passes New Impaired Driving Laws

Not long after recreational cannabis legalization received royal assent, another bill was passed by the Canadian government. Bill C-46 goes hand-in-hand with legalization, giving police forces more tools and liberty to apprehend drivers impaired...

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Road Fatalities Per Million Population in European Union

According to the EU road fatalities infographic of the NTUA Road Safety Observatory, twelve countries have a better performance than the EU average, namely Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Estonia, Germany, Finland, Spain, Malta,...

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ESRA Report on Road Users' Safety Attitudes Worldwide, 2018

The Updated Main Report (2017 edition) of the European Survey of Road users' safety Attitudes (ESRA) has been published containing the results from the survey in 38 countries, including 13 Latin America countries, with the active contribution of...

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GHSA 2018 Annual Meeting Registration Open

Registration is now open for GHSA's 2018 Annual Meeting, "Joining Forces to Get to Zero: Partnerships in Traffic Safety", August 25-29, 2018.

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2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo

Register now to attend the world's largest annual safety event.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 21 - 27, 2018
This week and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a passenger car, truck, or SUV. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
National Mobilization
August 15 - September 3, 2018

The 2018 national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" goes into effect across the country from August 15 to September 3, 2018. One of the deadliest and most often committed - yet preventable - of crimes (drunk driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country.

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