March 2019

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Exciting times continue here at NETS as April 2-3, 2019 will mark a significant milestone for NETS when we host our first-ever road safety conference outside the U.S. The NETS Latin America (LATAM) Regional Satellite conference is gearing up to provide an impressive lineup of keynote, member and sponsor presentations where real-world solutions will be shared on some of the most pressing LATAM road safety challenges. The conference is certain to resonate with members and non-members alike who carry a multi-national road safety footprint. If your company fits that profile, it is not too late to send a delegate who is certain to benefit from the valuable conference proceedings.  Registration remains open right up until the time of the event so feel free to register now! 

Looking beyond our LATAM conference a formal SAVE-THE-DATE communication for our Annual NETS Strength IN NUMBERS® Conference , planned for October, 9-10 in Washington D.C., was also recently released.  Record attendance at last year’s conference provided yet another memorable experience and this year’s event promises to be one of our best on record as we build our momentum and attract some of the most respected road safety experts across the industry. Mark your calendars now! Additional information is forthcoming.

As a closing note, within this month’s newsletter, in addition to the timely and insightful content overall, I am pleased to highlight two recent articles capturing what it means to foster a culture of road safety leadership and best practices in your workplace from NETS Board Chair Brian Sambirsky (Shell), and NETS' Board Government Liaison Kyla Retzer (NIOSH). This is just one example of how NETS leadership continues to show its commitment to creating a proactive safety culture through the promotion of road safety policies and awareness activities in the workplace and communities in which we live. 

Thanks again to everyone for your dedication to road safety and drive safely!

Don't miss your chance to participate in this valuable opportunity to learn about a variety of road safety initiatives and challenges specific to the region! Master Conference Program and registration details available on the conference website.

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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.

Save the Date for NETS Annual Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference!
NETS Annual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference will take place October 9-10, 2019 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel In Arlington, Virginia (Washington D.C. metro area). More information coming soon!

Gasoline Spikes to $2.62 Per Gallon

With an eight-cent jump on the week, at $2.62, the national average continues to trend more expensive since mid-February. While today's national average is nearly a quarter more expensive than last month, it is only two cents more expensive than...

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EPA Report: Fuel Efficiency Reaches Record 24.9 MPG

New vehicle estimated real-world CO2 emissions are at a record low and fuel economy is at a record high Manufacturers have made significant improvements in fuel economy and CO2 emissions over the last 5 years Sport utility vehicles...

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ATRI Study Looks at Legal Marijuana's Impact on Fleets

A new study by ATRI details issues and solutions related to marijuana-impaired driving, documenting the most promising methods to identify and deter drivers who may use the drug.

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Film Festival Featured FedEx Cares

The International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Film Festival featured how FedEx and SafeKids reach a million kids worldwide with road safety messages each year and how FedEx helps increase the capacity of international #RoadSafety NGOs to...

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How States Are Pushing Highway Speeds Past the Limit

After years of seeing posted highway speeds creep up around the country, perhaps it's no surprise that a California legislator would propose the ultimate in motoring freedom: no limits at all. State Sen.

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Distracted Drivers 29X More Likely to Crash in Work Zone

Drivers who aren't paying attention for any length of time-whether answering a phone call, sending a text message, or getting distracted by a passenger-are 29 times more likely to be involved in a collision or near collision in a highway work...

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How to Handle a Tire Blowout

A sudden tire blowout can happen anywhere, anytime. It can be a frustrating situation for a busy commercial driver on a schedule. More importantly, a tire blowout can pose a serious safety hazard.

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Volvo to Impose Speed Limit on All Cars

Volvo Cars to impose 112 mph (180 kph) speed limit on all cars to highlight dangers of speeding Volvo Cars, as a worldwide leader in safety, is sending a strong signal about the dangers of speeding and will limit the top speed on all its cars to...

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10 Car Companies: Key Safety Systems Into Most Vehicles

Among the 20 automakers who agreed to put automatic emergency braking (AEB) into virtually every new vehicle by 2022, 10 of them are already putting key safety systems into more than half the vehicles they produce.

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Goodyear Unveils Aero Tyre for Flying Cars of the Future

This two-in-one concept wheel by tyre manufacturer Goodyear can be used to drive on the road and as a propeller for flying in the sky. The Aero tyre was revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public today, 7 March.

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UPS Sees Transformational Future for Electric Trucks

At the Green Truck Summit, Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS, said the desire for clean and quiet trucks is growing and pointed out how the global delivery giant has already made substantial investments in ...

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NIOSH Newsletter: NETS Board Chair Discusses Leadership

Behind the Wheel at Work is a quarterly eNewsletter bringing you the latest news from the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety. What does it mean to be a leader for road safety? And, how do you foster a culture of leadership in the workplace?

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What Road Safety Policies Should You Implement?

NETS' Board Government Liaison, Kyla Retzer (NIOSH) discusses elements of a good road safety program and ways to address driver distraction at the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference.

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Pickups Struggle With Passenger-side Test

The majority of pickups recently put through the passenger-side small overlap front test struggled to maintain their structure, but two trucks - the Ford F-150 and the Nissan Titan - earn a good rating. The F-150 and the Titan...

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Round the World Roundtables - Global Alliance of NGOs

The Round the World Roundtable initiative is organized by the Alliance and will see roundtables held by Alliance member organizations in different continents in the lead up to the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Sweden in...

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Provisional Deal on New Vehicle Safety Standards

ETSC welcomes provisional deal on new vehicle safety standards New cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in Europe will be fitted as standard with a range of new vehicle safety features, starting in 2022, according to a provisional EU deal on the...

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Red Light Violation Detection System Launched in New Delhi

Delhi Police and Maruti Suzuki India have jointly announced the launch of a "Red Light Violation Detection and Speed Violation Detection System". The initiative aims to provide a safe driving experience to motorists, help pedestrians in crossing...

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Preparing to Drive in the EU After Brexit

From 28 March 2019, drivers from the UK may need a different international driving permit ( IDP) to drive abroad. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK drivers may also need an IDP and extra documentation to drive in the .

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways.

NAFA’s 2019 Institute & Expo is the world’s largest and most comprehensive fleet management event. This immersive, three-day experience is also the best place to learn to navigate the innovations coming your way regarding process automation, mobility, connectivity and other emerging technologies

GHSA 2019 Annual Meeting: August 24-28 2019

The GHSA 2019 Annual Meeting, "Imagine the Future: Advancing Traffic Safety through Technology and Innovation," will address the challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly evolving traffic safety landscape.

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2019 NSC North Eastern Safety Conference & Expo

NSC Northeast Conference & Expo, a new regional event coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on May 1-3, 2019. You'll find the same great educational and networking opportunities you've come to expect from NSC.

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2019 NSC Congress & Expo: San Diego, CA September 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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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles. Motorcyclists and motorists can work together to save lives.To help reduce motorcycle collisions and injuries and to help save lives, NHTSA has launched the new Get Up to...

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