April 2021

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Well, here we are again, another busy month gone by but looking forward to the spring and summer months ahead! I hope many of you are beginning to experience a more normalized work environment from the pandemic as the past year has clearly been a challenge.

On this end, matters are moving along nicely with our annual NETS Strength IN Numbers ® Benchmark initiative as members are in the process of submitting their organization’s road safety data. Fleet safety impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic will be carefully analyzed as part of this year’s statistical review and we look forward to sharing the results later in the year. If you are not currently a NETS member, there is still time join and participate in this year's benchmark process. I encourage you to explore the membership section of our website for additional details.

In addition to progress being made with our Benchmark, extensive planning is also well underway for our September Latin America (LATAM) Regional Satellite Conference and October Annual Strength IN Numbers® Road Safety Benchmark Conference. As with last year, our upcoming conference events will be held virtually again and we look forward to bringing attendees yet another stellar line up of road safety presentations and cutting-edge road safety solutions from our Sponsors. Registration will be opening soon so be on the lookout!

Lastly, I am pleased to also share news of two upcoming road safety campaigns which you are sure to find valuable for use across your organization. Earlier in the month NETS launched our first ever Employer Heatstroke Prevention Campaign designed to call attention to the critical issue of child vehicular heatstroke deaths – especially as we approach the hot summer months. May 1st is a also National Heat Stroke Prevention Day and I encourage you to utilize these campaign materials at any time, not just on May 1st.  

Additionally, May also brings United Nations Road Safety Week May 17-23 dedicated to the critical issue of SPEED and the devastating impact and elevated risk that speed has on roadway crashes. I urge everyone to explore the many campaign resources available via this initiative and communicate across your organization.

Thanks again for your dedication to road safety and I wish everyone continued success.

Drive Safely!

NETS 2021
Strength IN Numbers Benchmark and
LATAM Regional Satellite Conferences

*Agenda and Speaker Details Coming Soon*
As we continue our journey living with the COVID-19 global pandemic, the health and wellness of NETS members and fellow road safety colleagues remains of utmost priority. With the potential for various financial and travel limitations continuing in the months to come, the NETS Board of Directors has made the decision to conduct our 2021 annual NETS Strength IN Numbers® Road Safety Conference as well as our corresponding International Latin America (LATAM) Regional Satellite conference proceedings in a VIRTUAL environment.

With record-setting turnout during our 2020 Strength IN Numbers® Road Safety conference we again anticipate another high-quality and engaging learning experience for everyone this year!
NETS 2021 Latin America (LATAM) Regional Satellite Conference:

September 14 & 15

NETS 2021 Strength IN Numbers® Annual Road Safety Conference:

October 19, 20, & 21

NETS Employer Heatstroke Prevention Toolkit Now Available!

May 1, 2021 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.
Did You Know?

In the U.S., on average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicleAccording to the National Safety Council (NSC), twenty-four percent of these deaths occurred while a parent or caregiver was at work.

In order to help employers educate their employees on the dangers of leaving a child in a vehicle, NETS has created an Employer Heatstroke Prevention Campaign. This toolkit is intended to provide information and resources for employers to disseminate to employees regarding pediatric heatstroke, and to reduce these tragic preventable child deaths.

For maximum impact the toolkit is organized into 5 essential components comprised of the following core elements:
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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First Zero Star Rating: Australian NCAP

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AIP Foundation 2020 Impact Report

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Join the UN Global Road Safety Week Campaign: May 17-23

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National Heatstroke Prevention Day: May 1, 2021

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Drive Smart VA Distracted Driving Summit: Sept. 16-17, 2021

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Project EDWARD 2021

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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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