March 2018

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
It’s hard to believe we are approaching the close of the first quarter. Hopefully 2018 has gotten off to a safe and productive start for everyone. 

Last month, we sent out a “Save the Date” notice for the NETS 2018 Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Benchmark conference scheduled for October 11-12th in Frisco, TX. On this end we are hard at work lining up a number of dynamic speakers which are sure to resonate with our NETS audience as we aim for another record-setting event! This year, we will also be offering discounted “Early Bird” registration, so watch your email closely in the next few weeks for the announcement, and be sure to share with your colleagues. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Looking ahead, April is Distracted Driving Awareness month which presents a prime opportunity to emphasize the critical importance of eliminating distractions behind the wheel across your organization. Within this edition of NETSWork we have highlighted the NETS Distracted Driving campaign as well as materials from the National Safety Council which feature valuable reminders and practical strategies to share with your employees. These materials make it easy to spread the critical message that risks associated with distracted driving are real and not worth the impact a vehicle crash could have on the lives of your employees, their families and communities in which they live. I encourage you to take advantage of these valuable road safety materials.

Thanks for your continued support and Safe Driving!

NETS 2018 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Annual Conference Date and Location Announced!

Mark your calendar and join your peers at the only conference focused exclusively on employer road safety. Details coming soon including early-bird conference registration and hotel reservation links.

October 11th and 12th, 2018 at Omni Frisco Hotel
Frisco, Texas
DSWW Distracted Driving Toolkit

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. The Drive Safely Work Week™ Distracted Driving campaign materials include meaningful activities that reinforce your program’s safe-driving messages yet won’t take significant time away from the work day.

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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2018

Sign up now to get your Distracted Driving Awareness Month materials. These FREE downloadable materials include posters, fact sheets, infographics, social media posts and more. Share these important safety messages with your co-workers, family...

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Was Uber's Driverless Car Crash Avoidable? Experts Say Yes

It's day four of the Tempe Police Department's investigation into Uber's self-driving car crash. The accident that ended in the first fatality of a pedestrian from a car in full autonomous mode. And there's still no clear answer what went wrong.

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Uber Fatality: Lethal Record of Human-Driven Cars

Self-driving cars remain the solution to the unacceptable number of fatalities caused by human-piloted cars, a pioneer in vehicle autonomy said yesterday when asked about the impact on his industry of an Uber self-driving car killing someone.

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Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State 2017 Preliminary Data

GHSA's annual Spotlight on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities projects nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. The report is a first glimpse at state and national trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2017, using...

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Traffic Deaths Continue to Soar Despite Vision Zero Pledge

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser stood in the heart of Union Station on Feb. 20, 2015, and promised to lead the nation's capital into an era free of traffic fatalities. "We are taking our first step toward realizing a 'Vision Zero' where no lives are...

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Growing Number of Fatal Crashes Involve Older Drivers

Americans are living longer and driving later in their lives, but newly released numbers show a growing threat to the safety of older motorists. A report released by nonprofit transportation research group TRIP finds fatalities in...

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'High Holiday' Associated With Increase in Fatal Crashes

Though the counterculture "High Holiday" on April 20 at 4:20 pm is a play on the "420" police code for marijuana, new analysis found it might have some very serious effects. A research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical...

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Ban Texting While Walking? NYC Mayor Will Think About It

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that he would be open to legislation that penalizes pedestrians for texting while walking. De Blasio told reporters at a Brooklyn news conference that his administration wasn't working on any related policy, but ...

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CDOT & Lyft Collaboration Aims To Increase Seat Belt Usage

The Colorado Department of Transportation is teaming up with the ride share company Lyft to push their "Beware of the Beltless" campaign which is aimed at passengers who choose not to buckle up.

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Variable Speed Limits Improving Safety or Confusing Drivers?

When nasty weather or heavy traffic congestion pops up ahead, drivers in a growing number of states may see electronic signs showing speed limits that are lower than usual.

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Drowsy Fleet Drivers: Increased Risk After Daylight Savings

Fleet drivers and other workers - particularly those already at a higher risk for drowsiness - may be particularly tired on Monday after the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, according...

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Seatbelts Clicking with More Drivers Every Year

For decades, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and state enforcement agencies have been mandating, encouraging, cajoling and enforcing seat belt laws to improve usage among drivers of commercial vehicles. The good news: it appears...

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California Loosens Rules for Driverless Cars

Here come the robot cars. Sometime this spring, self-driving test cars will begin appearing on California highways, with no people inside, the result of new regulations issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles this week. "We do intend to...

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The Future of Connected Transit: More Than Driverless Cars

As states continue to invest in technology to create smart and connected cities, their focus will soon turn to connected transportation initiatives. Connected transportation is much more than simply adding Wi-Fi to buses or subway stations. It is ...

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For Self-driving Cars, Car Washes Are a Nightmare

Car washes have been automated for decades, but companies developing fully autonomous vehicles must rely on a human touch to keep their cars and trucks in working condition. There are a range of problems with putting a self-driving vehicle...

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New Technology to Crack Down on Wrong-way Drivers

As more and more drivers get their licenses and take to the roads, the signage and technology the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) uses to keep roads safe appears to be getting better.But more needs to be done when it...

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Drowsy Driving a Bigger Danger Than Federal Data Show

Drowsy driving contributes to about 10 percent of all motor vehicle-related crashes, exceeding federal estimates by nearly eightfold, according to newly released research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Researchers...

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AIP Foundation 2017 Annual Report

Read AIP Foundation's 2017 Annual Report to learn more about the organization's dynamic road safety programs serving communities in low- and middle-income countries.

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European Day Without A Road Death - Project EDWARD

The official home of the project to bring about a European Day Without a Road Death and raise awareness of road safety and better driving.

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Emoji Campaign Addresses Teen Distracted Driving

A new safety campaign will integrate media- and community-based approaches to address distracted driving among 15 to 29 year olds. The campaign's slogan is "Leave your phone alone or you could be next!" and features a sinister, evil emoji...

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Europe's Safest Fleet Car?

With our latest Stop the Crash events happening towards the end of March, it seemed appropriate to write a piece about one of our demo cars, the new Volvo XC60, for a couple of reasons.

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New EU Vehicle Safety Standards to Reduce Child Road Deaths

More than 8,000 children aged 0-14 years have been killed in road traffic collisions over the last ten years in the European Union, new data show. The European Commission is expected to announce a long-overdue update of vehicle safety regulations...

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Drive Smart VA
Distracted Driving Toolkit:
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Cinco de Mayo: May 5
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Cinco de Mayo has become a night of fun and celebration in the United States – and a night of danger. Drunk driving on Cinco de Mayo threatens not just those enjoying the festivities, but others on the road as well. With these materials, your community can be made aware of the increased risk of drunk driving around Cinco de Mayo.

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
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Save the Date:
National Safety Council Safety Conference & Expo
April 11-13, 2018
New Orleans, LA

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Save the Date:
Global NCAP World Congress
September 26-27, 2018

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Save the Date:
Brake UK Fleet Safety Conference
May 25, 2018
Birmingham, UK

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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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