September 2021

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Greetings Road Safety Colleagues,
While the past several months continue to be a challenge for many with the ongoing pandemic, it is also great to see the return to a sense of normal in many day-to-day road safety responsibilities. That said, I wish everyone continued success as we further our efforts within this unique and challenging environment. 
Here at NETS, we find ourselves less than a month out from our VIRTUAL Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference and just this week released our full conference agenda. We have been working hard behind the scenes to finalize arrangements for what is certain to be an amazing virtual event. Not only are our proceedings filled with a number of highly sought after keynote speakers, but our plenary sessions, comprised of NETS member and Sponsor presentations, will highlight a multitude of current road safety issues sure to inspire many discussions. This year’s event will also be highlighted by a dedicated SPONSOR DAY providing our NETS Sponsors the opportunity to share the latest SOLUTIONS their companies offer to help employers reduce risk behind the wheel.
During the conference, NETS Annual Benchmark report results will also be reviewed. As many of you know, the Benchmark process brings together socially responsible companies willing to look at their own crash metrics, compare findings and share what they’ve learned. Benchmarking will show how your company compares in terms of crash, injury and fatality frequencies, taking into consideration road safety policies, driver training programs, crash review practices, the “greening” of fleets, and more so don’t miss this session at the conference!
As we count down the days to our Annual Conference, I am also pleased to highlight how NETS recently concluded our second ever Latin America (LATAM) Regional Road Safety Conference September 21-22. The event was a tremendous success and yet another notable milestone for NETS as it highlights our continued commitment to growing our global road safety mission for members and non-members alike. As many of you know, NETS membership consists of numerous multi-national organizations who are tasked with a multitude of challenges outside the U.S. During our upcoming annual conference, we will briefly reflect upon the LATAM event and highlight key next steps and international plans going forward.
If you have not yet registered for the annual conference, I urge you to do so as this 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.
And on a final note, NETS Sector meetings will be held again this year – for the third year in a row – the week after the annual conference to give members and sponsors an even deeper review of road safety issues and challenges within their respective industry sector. Road safety leaders from Agriculture, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), Insurance and Utility organizations are expected to come together the week of October 25th for these value-added meetings. As further details are finalized, meeting times and dates will be communicated to all.
Thanks once again for your time and commitment to road safety and hope to see many of you during our upcoming conference.
Stay safe!
Successful Latin America Regional Road Safety Conference Concluded!

**Conference attendees will have access to presentations and recordings, messages, and other conference information in the conference platform, Whova, for 30 days after the conference.**
NETS 2021
Strength IN Numbers Benchmark
Fleet Safety Conference
Accessible to everyone in a virtual environment!
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.
NETS Member Promotion
Current NETS member companies are encouraged to invite non-members to attend either conference. If the non-member company joins NETS, BOTH companies will receive ONE complimentary conference registration for either conference! 
Multiple Registrant Promotion
Organizations with 4 registered participants will receive complimentary registration for all additional attendees. Encourage your colleagues to attend!
For more information about NETS membership, please visit our membership page: Membership Information – Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
Contact Susan Gillies, NETS Marketing and Operations Director, for details.
NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDrivingSM helps organizations to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations and total cost of fleet ownership through a patented digital driver risk management program.
Mentor by eDriving 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 digital 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 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 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
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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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