September 2022

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts

Message from NETS' Executive Director,
Susan Gillies-Hipp

Last month, I talked about road fatalities being not just a number. Every death due to a crash is someone missed, a needless tragedy, someone who was more than just a number.

This month I want to talk different numbers. Like the number 175- the number of attendees registered for NETS upcoming Annual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference October 5 & 6.

And the number 4- the number of industry sector meetings taking place in conjunction with the conference. Meetings where Agriculture, Insurance, Heavy Goods Vehicles, and Insurance sector organizations will meet to discuss sector-specific road safety challenges and opportunities, will share best practices, and come away with new knowledge from peers on how to improve their fleet safety programs.

Or the number 6- which is the number of Keynote Presenters at the conference who will share their knowledge and expertise on Private Sector involvement in Global Road Safety; Distracted Driving; NTSB Case Studies on Vehicle Technology; the Latest on Road Safety in the U.S.; an overview of MCity and Vehicle Research; and Managing Safety for the Deployment and Development of Autonomous Vehicles.

And the number 23 which represents the number of NETS Sponsors and Partner Organizations participating in the conference to support NETS’ mission, share fleet safety guidance, products, information and resources to improve road safety programs.

And last but not least, 12- which is the number of NETS Board Member Companies and Government Liaisons who are committed to creating a solid safety culture by promoting road safety policies and awareness activities in their workplaces and communities. Their dedication and passion are demonstrated through constant support of NETS and other organization’s road safety initiatives. 

None of us is just a number. But next week, if you haven’t already registered, I invite you to join the numbers of us attending either in-person or virtually at NETS conference to network and share road safety best practices; and if you’re a NETS member, Sponsor, or conference attendee, make time to be part of the numbers at NETS sector meetings. This is one time where it is all in the numbers. 
Susan Gillies-Hipp
Executive Director, NETS
Register today for NETS

NETS Members: $599
Non-NETS Members: $699
Government / Non-profit: $299
Virtual Only: $449
On-site/day of registration: NETS Members $649, Non-NETS Members $749

NETS Industry Sector Meetings
All NETS Members, Sponsors and Annual Conference Attendees are invited to join the sector meetings taking place the week of the conference. All meetings will take place at the Ann Arbor Eagle Crest Marriott conference hotel, with virtual options for some meetings. Sector meetings are an opportunity to learn more from your peers about sector-specific challenges and road safety best practices.
  • Utility Sector Meeting: Tuesday, October 4th 8:00am-12:15 pm ET (in-person or virtual)
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle Sector Meeting: Tuesday, October 4th 2:00pm-5:00 pm ET (in-person or virtual)
  • Insurance Sector Meeting: Wednesday, October 5th 7:00am-8:00 am ET (in-person only)
  • Agriculture Sector Meeting: Thursday, October 6th 7:00am-8:00 am ET (in-person only)
NETSTalk Now: Driving Change, A NETS Road Safety Podcast

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NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDriving, a Solera company, helps organizations around the world to reduce incidents, collisions, injuries, license violations, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership through its patented digital driver risk management programs.

At its heart is the Mentor by eDrivingSM smartphone app that identifies risky driving behaviors for intervention and safe driving habits for recognition. In-app features include micro-training and coaching, gamification, collision reporting, vehicle inspections, and an individual FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict the likelihood of being involved in a collision. Mentor’s integrated automatic crash detection and Personal SOS features powered by Sfara and Bosch trigger a voice call and emergency support, as needed, from one of Bosch’s Global Call Centers supporting >50 countries. Through its five-stage, patented Crash-Free Culture® risk reduction methodology, eDriving helps organizations embrace safety and reduce risk for Sales, Service, Delivery and Warehouse drivers, all within a privacy-first, data-secure environment.

eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries. Over the past 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 awards around the world.

Lytx is the global leader in fleet management technologies. Our solutions harness the power of video to empower drivers and fleets to be safer and more efficient, productive, and profitable so they can thrive in today’s competitive environment. Through the Lytx platform, direct and reseller clients access our customizable services and programs spanning driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, preventative maintenance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and 1.6 million drivers in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information on Lytx video telematics systems, visit on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

SOBRsafe’s mission is to save lives and create safer work environments.

The annual cost of alcohol abuse in the U.S. is $249 billion. Nearly half of all industrial accidents with injuries are alcohol-related, and 1-in-10 U.S. commercial drivers test positive for alcohol (the highest rate worldwide).

In response, SOBRsafe has developed an instantaneous and hygienic alcohol screening technology that integrates seamlessly with driver check-in/out processes. The employee simply places two fingers on the device, and within ten seconds, their identity is verified and the alcohol test complete. All scans are reported in real-time to a secure cloud-based portal, and supervisors are immediately notified via SMS and email if alcohol has been detected.

This comprehensive, uniform testing is allowing SOBRsafe customers to enhance their safety, reduce insurance premiums by up to 25%, and create a culture of prevention.

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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Researchers found that, after Daylight Saving Time (DST) is introduced, drivers' behaviors are riskier, and their reaction time and ability to read situations are compromised.

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U.S. News & World Report Driving Habits Survey 2022

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FMCSA Plans Study on Driver Effect of Automated Driving

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NTSB: All Vehicles Should Include Blood Alcohol Monitoring

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Speed-limit Tech in New Cars Could Address Gender Disparity

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Does Apple's Crash Detection Work?

The new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch models promise to detect severe car crashes. According to our tests, speed and impact are only part of the story.

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TeraWatt Infrastructure’s $1B and Fleet EV Charging

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Electric Cars, EV Charging, the Grid, Tech, and the Future

Phew, that's a really long title, huh? But it has to be, because the topic is really big and it affects pretty much everyone who uses electricity or drives a car. That would be most of us. You may not realize it, but civilization is in the midst...

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Automatic Emergency Braking Fails at Deadliest Crash Speeds

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Drink-Driving: A Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers

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NHTSA: Second Quarter 2022 Projects First Decline Since 2020

NHTSA projects that the second quarter of 2022, from April to June, had the first decline in fatalities after seven consecutive quarters of year-to-year increases in fatalities that began in the third quarter of 2020.

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Global NCAP Fleet Safety Guide & Safer Vehicle Purchasing

For many businesses, driving for work purposes is one of the greatest risks faced by their employees. Careful management of the way fleets are driven, maintained and purchased will save lives and reduce the costs of road crashes. Ensuring...

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27 October Call to Action - Global Alliance of NGOs

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Chile: Consumer Demand Leading the Way for Safer Vehicles

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Everyone is a Pedestrian | Traffic Safety Marketing

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