July 2020

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Greetings fellow NETS Members and Road Safety Advocates,

As the year continues to unfold, challenges on our nations' – and global – roadways remain high with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to alter many day-to-day as well as long-terms plans. As a matter of fact, recent statistics across the transportation industry have indicated that the need for focus, attention and creative solutions in relation to road safety has never been more important.  

Having spoken to many NETS members and sponsors alike the past several weeks, there are also a number of positive developments taking place across the road safety industry. As some of you may have seen, registration for NETS first-ever VIRTUAL Strength In Numbers ® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference was recently launched. We are excited about this event as it represents a “can’t miss” opportunity to convene in a safe environment with fellow fleet safety peers to openly share the latest road safety issues and challenges taking place for many.  

Highlighting this year’s proceedings will be an impressive line-up of keynote speakers who are sure to INSPIRE and MOTIVATE conference participants in their mission of reducing risk and saving lives. Insights on issues that affect our safety and wellness both behind the wheel as well as in our daily lives will be a central theme throughout the conference as well. Additional speakers will include fellow NETS members, road safety advocates, and NETS Sponsor partners who will take the VIRTUAL podium to share real-world and real-time road safety perspectives on how their organizations have adapted in the COVID-19 environment.

NETS latest annual Benchmark report , with notable record-high participation this year, will also be shared during the conference. Key findings will be presented highlighting fleet safety program practices associated with lower collision and injury rates. NETS members can then pinpoint best practices to put in place a cost-effective, integrated, and comprehensive plan to improve their road safety performance. 

As a final note, I am excited to share news of near term changes to NETS current membership plan . The enhanced model will offer a three-tier membership structure which will afford employers and road safety professionals additional flexibility in joining our organization as we aim to expand our reach throughout the U.S. as well as across the globe. Additional information will be coming soon!

Thanks again to everyone for your time and commitment to road safety. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and on many levels have never been more important.

Stay safe.

NETS 2020 Strength IN Numbers®  Virtual Conference

October 13-15, 2020

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

General Conference registration: $349
Government/ Non-profit Organizations: $199
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. 
Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., Attending Physician at NY Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center, Author, Journalist, and TV Personality 

Opening Introduction: Road Safety Health and Wellness in Today's Challenging Environment
Sergio Rojas, Holistic Health Coach, Functional Movement Specialist and Certified Nutrition Specialist

Case Study: Better Fleet Safety Performance by Creating a Culture of Self-Care
Paul Atchley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida

The Economics of (In)attention: Navigating the Distractions of Technology in a Fleet Safety Environment
Nir Eyal, Bestselling Author and Investor

Indistractable: How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Jennifer Homendy, Board Member, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Road Safety Updates and Perspectives from the NTSB
NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDriving helps organizations to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations and total cost of fleet ownership through a patented driver risk management program.

Mentor by eDrivingSM 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 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 24 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 90 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
The coronavirus pandemic is a difficult situation for everyone, but it has created particular challenges for employers trying to maintain business operations while still keeping their employees and family members safe. NETS understands these challenges and realizes while the focus of road safety has shifted due to COVID-19, fleet safety is still a priority for employers continuing to maintain their business plan. Therefore, we are providing links to the following resources which may be helpful during this trying time.
Covid-19 Resources

NAFA Fleet Management Association continues to work with a host of federal, travel and transportation partners to keep our members updated with the most current resources and information regarding the current situation related to infectious...

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COVID-19 Transport Toolkit

Driving for Better Business, in partnership with FleetCheck, has created a unique toolkit to give fleets an overview of all the major issues with links to many additional resources. We will be adding to the toolkit with more resources and advice...

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COVID-19: Tips for Fleet Driver Safety

The current pandemic is impacting every facet of fleet operations. It has also underscored the vital importance of keeping drivers safe and healthy while they're on the job-no matter the circumstances. As fleets continue to provide essential...

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Survey: How COVID-19 has Impacted Fleet Operations

Approximately one-third or more of fleets will extend the service life for their passenger cars and light-duty trucks, following the impact COVID-19 has had on their operations, according to Automotive Fleet's latest Coronavirus Pulse Survey.

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Fleet Policies & Procedures to Minimize COVID-19 Contagion

Fleets are on the front lines dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a new respiratory disease that is now a global pandemic. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) General Duty Clause requires employers to...

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Truck Driver Safety a Top Priority Amid Nationwide Protests

During the ongoing nationwide protests, carriers and drivers are advised to remain in constant communication with each other, and fleets are urging their drivers to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

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Alcohol-detection Systems Could Prevent Fatalities

The U.S. has made little progress against alcohol-impaired driving since the 1990s. Technology could offer the next big breakthrough. Alcohol-detection systems that stop people from drinking and driving could prevent more than a...

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U.S. Motor Vehicle Fatality Rates Rose 23.5% in May

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council based on May data from all 50 states indicate that for the third month in a row, road users in the U.S. were at a higher risk of dying from a motor vehicle crash.

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Summer Driving Tips

Summertime often means summer travel, and though your travel plans may be different this year, now is a good time to review these summer driving safety tips. Prevention and planning may take a little time up front but will spare you from dealing...

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Commercial Drivers Report Seeing Rise in Distracted Driving

Netradyne released findings from a recent online survey of commercial drivers that indicates commercial drivers feel safe but acknowledge they could be safer, and that AI-powered driving technology can be both beneficial and concerning. Conducted ...

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Commercial Fleet Orders for 2021 To Be at Pre-Pandemic Level

Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, most commercial fleets indicate that they will maintain the same vehicle replacement schedule for model-year 2021 as they did prior to the pandemic. This covers a wide cross-section of...

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Car Insurance Companies Raise Penalty for Distracted Driving

The Zebra's Annual Distracted Driving Report reveals how insurers nationwide penalize drivers for using their phones behind the wheel. Year Premium Premium penalty for DD ($) Premium penalty for DD (%) Penalty increase over previous year Penalty...

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Smart Tires Will Improve Autonomous Vehicle Capabilities

Nokian Tyres believes that the development of self-driving vehicles will impact every area of development, including tires. It suggests that through instrumentation of tires, the capabilities of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) can be greatly...

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Waymo Plans to Integrate Autonomous Trucking in Fleets

For those in the fleet and transportation industries, the crescendo of news on autonomous technology, partnerships, and pilots has left many asking, often with crossed arms, "Ok, when?" The answer is complicated. Waymo is the oldest, and arguably ...

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Modern Safety Tech Could Cut Road Deaths in Half

According to the latest analysis from Consumer Reports, roughly 11,800 lives could be saved annually by implementing automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and pedestrian detection systems. An additional 1,300...

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Motorcycles: Safety Features and Helmets Can Reduce Injury

Riding a motorcycle is inherently riskier than driving a car. Motorcycles are less stable than passenger vehicles during maneuvers such as emergency braking and swerving and are less visible on the road. When motorcyclists crash, they lack the...

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GHSA FY 2020 Annual Report

GHSA's Annual Report highlights the Association's accomplishments for the 2020 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). The report provides updates on GHSA's activities and achievements, focusing on three key areas: Collaborating with Congress ...

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Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety: COVID-19 Resources

These are difficult times. Governments and citizens around the world are struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that other issues must be set aside while attention rightly focuses on overcoming the virus. Many NGOs are also...

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Road Safety NGOs and The COVID-19 Pandemic

In February 2020, government Ministers at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety hailed landmark progress toward road traffic crashes. Road traffic crashes are a much older public health crisis (compared to COVID19) as they are...

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Transport Revolution: Creating Change By Combating Crises

Covid-19 hit at a time when we were already facing a triple threat of crises: All of these crises are due, in a large way, to the impact of cars. The car has dictated the way we design our towns and cities for years, taking space away from people.

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Vehicle Maintenance Danger Revealed as Drivers Return

With COVID-19 putting MOT's on hold, safety campaigners are urging drivers to perform basic safety checks ahead of getting behind the wheel, as a new report highlights dangerous gaps in vehicle maintenance in the UK.

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COVID-19 Safety Advice for Taxi, Ride Hail, Rental and Car Share Users

As economies across Europe gradually reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, fleet and travel managers face the challenge of advising their employees on how to travel safely by taxi, ride hailing or car share services.

EU Road Deaths Decrease in April Due to Covid-19 Lockdowns

Out of 25 EU countries for which data is available, 19 saw a decrease in the number of road deaths in April 2020 compared to the month of April in the previous three years.

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Less Policing Causing Rise in Road Deaths in England

A deterioration in policing on the roads in England and Wales - including a drop in funding, breathalyser tests and fines for mobile phone use and failing to wear seatbelts - is behind a rise in fatal incidents, a damning report has revealed.

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UK Publishes First Ever e-Scooter Legal Framework

The UK's Department for Transport (DfT) has published the nation's first ever legal framework for e-scooters, which will enable trials of these previously banned vehicles to take place from Saturday (4 July).

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Join AFLA for the NextGen 2020 Virtual Corporate Fleet Conference, October 5-7, for an engaging and exciting virtual conference experience. This year’s conference includes interactive educational sessions, dynamic keynote speakers and exciting...

Registration Now Open for NAFA's Virtual I&E

The NAFA 2020 Institute & Expo, the largest fleet management event, remains committed to providing you with the critical education you’ve come to expect from NAFA. While our goal was to bring the Fleet community together in Indianapolis...

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Child Passenger Safety Week: September 20-26, 2020

NHTSA has launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that urge parents and caregivers to protect their child's future at every stage of life, by making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight.

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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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