July 2019

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Road Safety Colleagues, 
Greetings and hope this finds everyone having a safe and relaxing summer!  
Here at NETS, our statistical benchmark team is 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 deep-dive assessment represents the cornerstone of NETS member benefits through a unique and custom 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 2019 Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark Report and delivered to NETS members. A top-line overview of Benchmark findings will also be shared during our 2019 Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark Conference scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. October 9th and 10th. 

NETS Benchmark Conference is sure to have something for everyone, whether you are looking to enhance your well-established road safety program, gain support for your growing road safety program, or are merely looking for early guidance in developing your road safety program. This year’s event represents another great opportunity to learn best practices and gain valuable “real world” improvement strategies at the only conference focused exclusively on employer road safety. Led by an amazing set of recently announced KEYNOTE speakers , the conference agenda and topic selection is shaping up to be one of our most comprehensive on record. NEW this year will also be an exclusive learning “track” for individuals who carry responsibilities for heavy good vehicles (HGV) as part of their organization's supply chain.  

As with past conferences, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage directly with valued NETS sponsors for the duration of proceedings as they showcase some of the most sought after road safety products in the industry. Partnership case studies forged between NETS members AND sponsor organizations will once again be highlighted from the conference podium allowing attendees to hear first-hand how to apply some of the industry's most advanced road safety technology.

Don’t miss your chance to improve your company's road safety program and interact with some of the industry’s leading road safety professionals. Register today!
Thanks again to everyone for your commitment to road safety and wish you continued success.

Safe driving!
Still Time to Register for NETS Annual Conference!

Whether you are a full-time road safety professional, manage a fleet of vehicles, or serve in a support role with your organization's road safety program, the NETS 2019 Annual Conference is certain to have something for everyone! 

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

eDriving’s global FLEET division serves 1 million drivers, providing a complete continuum of award-winning risk management and training solutions with proven results and ROI.

2Seconds2Click Employer Seat Belt Toolkit for All Employers

Are your employees buckling up? It takes about two seconds to buckle your seat belt to reduce your chances of injury or death in a serious traffic crash by nearly half. There is no better return on investment. launch a...

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NICB's 2018 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

Hot Spots examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

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Price Increases at the Pump Slowing Across the Country

On the week, all but eight states saw gas price averages push cheaper or remain stable. At $2.76, the national gas price average is three cents less expensive than last Monday. This is the first time in four weeks that the national average has...

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How Dangerous Is Stoned Driving?

Nobody recommends driving while high. But years into legalization, it's not clear if stoned drivers have become a hazard that demands a response. Even if they were, nobody would know what to do about them. Blood alcohol content and impairment...

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Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: Bikes, E-Bikes, E-Scooters

Dockless pedal (non-electric) bikes, which quickly proliferated across the U.S. in 2017, have largely disappeared from North American cities, with just 3 million trips in a handful of cities in 2018. E-bikes emerged as a popular option,...

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Protect Kids From Hot Cars

In 2018, 52 children died in hot cars. It was the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years. Since 1998, almost 800 children have died from vehicular heatstroke; 24% occurred in employer parking lots while the parent or caregiver was at work. ...

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Teens with ADHD Far More Likely to Engage in Risky Driving

A new large-scale study finds that teen drivers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD) are significantly more likely to get into car accidents, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors,...

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How to Deal with Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive drivers are a reality and can be highly dangerous, but fleet drivers need to safely share the road with them.

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New Studies Highlight Confusion About Automated Systems

Many of today's vehicles can stay in a lane and maintain a set following distance with minimal driver input. But some drivers are confused about the limitations of these systems. June 20, 2019 Vehicles are getting increasingly sophisticated, with ...

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How Car Washes Clash with Vehicle Tech

Commercial vehicles need to be well maintained so that your drivers are always safe. It's important to know that all the advanced systems function appropriately. However, one visit to the car wash can wreak havoc because advanced systems...

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Driverless Cars Are Taking Longer Than We Expected

Automatic braking and lane-departure warnings are on the road, but a lot of work remains before self-driving cars become a reality. When world-altering technologies come about, people can find themselves, literally, at a loss for words. So they...

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NSC Injury Facts Report: Motor Vehicle Crashes

Motor vehicle data examines preventable injury and preventable-injury-related death on our roads. Data examines the effects of speeding, alcohol, fatigue and assistive safety features. It also examines the involvement of young drivers,...

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Motorcyclists Reluctant to Wear High-Visibility Gear

As part of the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report examining why motorcycle riders choose to wear – or not wear – high-visibility gear...

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Uber, GHSA & Volvo Cars: "Make It Click. Every Trip."

Uber and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) are teaming up with Volvo Cars to help remind everyone to Make it Click: Every seat. Every ride. In 2017, nearly...

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#CommitToAct - Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety

Commitment is not enough-road safety needs action. Following the #SpeakUp campaign and in the run up to the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety 2020, the Alliance has launched #CommitToAct.

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EU: New Rule Means Electric Cars Must Make Noise

New electric vehicles will have to feature a noise-emitting device, under an EU rule coming into force on Monday. It follows concerns that low-emission cars and vans are too quiet, putting pedestrians at risk because they cannot be heard as they...

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Britain Works on Tyres (But They Need Regular Maintenance)

Tyres on vans and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) lead a hard life, carrying loads or doing multiple drops, often in tough working environments. Rough ground or repeated kerb scuffing can cause levels of damage and wear way beyond that of a car...

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'Speed Cameras of Future' to Be Installed in France

There will be 400 new cameras installed across the country in 2019, and three times' that in 2020. The news comes after minister for the interior Christophe Castaner confirmed that 75% of existing speed cameras in France had been destroyed or...

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Recommendations for 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety

The Academic Expert Group has compiled a set of recommendations for a road safety strategy for the period 2020-2030. Here are some of the basic questions that the group has focused on in the work of producing the recommendations: What processes...

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GHSA Annual Meeting:
Anaheim, CA
August 24-28, 2019

The traffic safety landscape is rapidly evolving, presenting both challenges and opportunities to reach zero traffic deaths. General Sessions will consider how states and their partners can harness the potential of technological advancements and engage innovative strategies to reduce crash injuries and fatalities. Breakout workshops will examine hot topics in safety, including law enforcement engagement, alcohol- and drug-impaired driving, bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and autonomous vehicles. Attendees will come away with concrete ideas to implement in their own work.

For more information or to register: https://www.ghsa.org/events/Annual-Meetings/2019

2019 NSC Congress & Expo: San Diego, CA Sept. 7-13, 2019

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health and environmental professionals. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this safety conference for industry-leading technology, education...

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International Road Safety Conference in London

The International Road Safety Conference will bring together Ministers, road safety experts and private sector representatives from across the globe. The two day event will focus on collaborative learning, with key topics to be discussed including...

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RoadSafe: UK Road Safety Week 2019

UK Road Safety Week 2019 will take place between 18th -24th November and will encourage road users to 'step up' and play a part in the creation of a safe and healthy future.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26, 2019

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.

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Heatstroke Prevention | Traffic Safety Marketing

May 27 - August 11, 2019, National Heatstroke Prevention Campaign (National Heatstroke Prevention Day is July 31) Find and share campaign information for parents, caregivers, schools and organizations, and remind everyone to "Look Before You Lock".

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