May 2018

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Well, here we are…closing in on Memorial Day Weekend and what is often referred to as the unofficial start to summer here in the United States. Of course for many of us, this is also a period which represents increased risk on our roadways and yet another reason to ensure your road safety programs are operating at top efficiency.

Here at NETS we are also experiencing a form of transition related to role changes within the NETS Board of Directors. Brian Sambirsky with Shell has officially taken over as the NETS Chairman, replacing Dane Bremer with Liberty Mutual. Please join me in welcoming Brian to his new role and thanking Dane for his outstanding service as NETS Chairman the past two years. Going forward you can expect to hear from Brian as well as other Board members as we begin to capture their vision and road safety perspectives within periodic NETSWork publications.

I am also pleased to highlight recent enhancements to our road safety sponsor program in which we have seen the elevation of several of our sponsors who have upgraded their support level within the organization. Beginning with this publication we will be calling out NETS Sponsors via a dedicated Sponsor section (see box below) which will give NETSWork readers finger-tip access to the latest information surrounding sponsors' valuable products and services.  

Lastly, it is worth noting again that registration for our annual NETS Conference is open with our Early-Bird rate available to everyone through June 30th. If you are not already registered I encourage you to do so as we anticipate another record-setting turnout! Keynote and plenary speaker confirmations are in the final phase of completion and we will be sharing additional details and presentation highlights in the coming days which are sure to make this year’s conference memorable for everyone.

Thanks again for your dedication to road safety and wish everyone a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.
Registration Open for NETS Annual Fleet Safety Conference!

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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IIHS 2018 Top Safety Picks

IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine crashworthiness - how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. We also rate vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal...

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More Than 400 Roadway Deaths During Memorial Day Weekend

The National Safety Council estimates 402 people may die on U.S. roads this Memorial Day holiday period. Holidays traditionally are a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car...

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Memorial Day: Start of '100 Deadliest Days' for Teen Drivers

As we head into the summer months, AAA and law enforcement are reminding drivers to follow the rules of the road. Memorial Day marks the beginning of the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Statistics show from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the...

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Uber App To Remind Riders To Buckle Up

Uber will begin reminding riders to wear seat belts when using its ride-hailing service, regardless of whether the passenger is sitting in front or back of the vehicle, company officials said. The company will also use its app to ask drivers to...

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RI Hands-Free Cellphone Law Takes Effect June 1st

Rhode Island drivers will have to put their phones down or risk getting a hundred dollar fine. Starting June first, driving while holding a phone in your hand will be illegal in Rhode Island. State police said the goal of the new law is to reduce ...

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Rising Fuel Prices: Focus on Fuel-efficient Driver Behavior

If you've fueled up your truck recently, you know that the cost is climbing. One year ago, the retail price for a gallon of diesel fuel was around $2.50. As of May 14, it was $3.23, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In...

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This New Smartphone Feature Should Be Used by Every Driver

Giving your phone a rest when you're driving is always a good call, but the tools Apple and Google offer to help you focus on the road can be easy to miss. Here's a reminder of how to the iPhone's "do not disturb" mode and a similar feature in...

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MIT Team Teaches Autonomous Cars to Drive Without a Map

Along with sensors and software, mapping is a key component of self-driving technology. To operate safely, autonomous vehicles need to know not only where they are but what's around them. But it's a big world, and there are still plenty of roads...

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Distrust in Self-driving Cars on the Rise After Crashes

The number of people who distrust self-driving cars rose significantly over the past year, according to a AAA poll released Tuesday. The survey, which was conducted in April, showed that 73% of American drivers would be "too afraid" to ride in a...

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Wearable Technology Contributes to Distracted Driving

The research comes from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and it examines wearable technology and looks at whether this affects drivers' concentration.

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What Improved Tech Means for Auto Industry

The transition to autonomous, networked driving is not likely to be smooth, however, as we have seen from the recent fatal accidents involving Uber and Tesla. People are already rebelling against giving up their personal information to Facebook;...

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Motorcyclist Fatalities by State: 2017 Preliminary Data

GHSA's latest spotlight report, Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2017 Preliminary Data, projects a 5.6% decrease in motorcyclist fatalities in 2017. Despite this decline, the report finds that motorcyclists remain significantly...

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IIHS Study Examines Rising Pedestrian Deaths

The March crash of an Uber vehicle that killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, was unusual for involving a self-driving vehicle. But in other ways, it was typical of fatal pedestrian crashes: an SUV traveling on an urban arterial road struck a person...

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European Commission: Major New Road Safety Package

The European Commission will announce a major package of road safety legislation next month including new vehicle safety standards, revised rules on infrastructure safety...

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United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund Launched

The FIA Foundation has pledged a donation of USD$10 million to kick start a new United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. The new UN Fund is intended to catalyse road safety action across the...

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2017 Saw Decline in Road Accident Deaths in India

The figures for those killed killed on the roads in India came down by 4,560 or 3% in 2017 from 1.51 lakh the previous year, the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety said in a report to the apex court on Wednesday.

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Secure Your Load Day:
June 6th, 2018

According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Safety, more than 200,000 crashes in the past four years were caused by road debris. What’s worse? The study showed that road debris resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014. Here’s another startling statistic: As a nation, we spend up to $11.5 billion on litter, and it is estimated that 20 to 40 percent of that litter is from unsecured loads.

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2018 NSC Congress & Expo

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

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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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National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization:
Click It or Ticket
May 21 - June 3

In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives.

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