December 2020

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
What a difference a year makes! I am sure everyone has heard this phrase on many occasions the past few weeks or likely even used it themselves. In the case of 2020 however, this sums up a year that was interesting to say the least.

As we close out 2020, I am sure many of us find ourselves reflecting back on times of challenge and uncertainty. The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of day-to-day life with road safety being no exception. To those who have been personally impacted by the pandemic, I want to extend my personal well-wishes and encouragement..

While impacts from the pandemic are clearly cause for concern and adjustment, I also find myself thinking back on the myriad of phone conversations, video teleconferences and emails during the past year with one thing continuing to stand out -- the amazing passion and determination from NETS members, Sponsors and partner organizations who continue their mission to reduce risk and save lives on the nation's and global roadways. In my 30+ years in the safety profession, it has never been more clear that challenges – even as daunting as a global pandemic – have literally given way to supercharging the focus and determination of many across the road safety arena.   

Despite these challenging times, NETS has experienced several remarkable milestones including record NETS Strength In Numbers ® Virtual Conference registration, record participation in the annual NETS Benchmark Report, and record annual new membership sign-up – all in a single year. NETS staff, members of the NETS Board of Directors, and I are truly honored by these achievements which could not have been accomplished without everyone's support.

Lastly, and not to be overlooked, NETS also saw continued partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC) for the third year running with regards to the NETS Road Safety Benchmark report. Collaboration between NSC and members of the NETS Benchmark statistical team once again led to a number of insightful findings and road safety program correlations in the annual Benchmark Report providing NETS members with direct insights and viable working solutions to some of their organization’s most pressing road safety challenges.

In the coming year, our intent is to build upon this momentum via the launch of several new and innovative road safety programs and campaigns, as well as several member-focused developments including changes to our current Road Safety Leadership Forum. Enhancements to our Strength In Numbers ® Benchmark data collection system will also be unveiled enabling greater user flexibility and future capabilities for language translation within the system. Continued NETS focus on international initiatives is also planned as global road safety challenges remain in great demand by NETS members and Sponsors alike.

Thanks again for all you do to help support the NETS mission and we look forward to continuing our work together into the New Year! 

Stay safe!  

New NETS Employer Drug-Impaired Driving Toolkit Coming in 2021!

Through a cooperative agreement with NHTSA, NETS is currently developing an employer drug-impaired driving toolkit. Drug-impaired driving, also known as drugged driving, or driving under the influence of drugs (DUID), has not only become a primary concern for traffic safety professionals, but also a major concern for employers.

The Drug-Impaired Driving for Employers toolkit was created for employers to be able to take action to educate employees about the dangers of drug-impaired driving, how to detect impairment from drug use, and how to prevent drug-impaired driving in the workplace. This includes knowing how your body reacts to different drugs, the drug-impaired driving laws in your state, what technology can be used to screen and test for drug use, and how to implement drug-free workplace policies.

Materials will be available through a dedicated NETS website. Look for the materials to be launched soon!
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NSC: New Year's Traffic Fatality Estimate

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 384 people may die on U.S. roads this New Year's Day holiday period. Holidays traditionally are a time of travel for families across the United States.

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Vehicles Most Likely To Be Piloted By Drunk Drivers

The good news is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that alcohol-impaired driving fatalities dropped by 5.3 percent during 2019 to their lowest level since 1982, when the agency began reporting DUI incidents. The bad news...

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A New Year Means it's Time for New Driving Resolutions

We all have bad habits, like eating junk food, not exercising, listening to too much talk radio or thinking time spent with social media is doing something constructive. But few of us resolve to be better drivers, to change our behavior so that...

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2019 US Traffic Deaths Lowest Since 2014 but 2020 Numbers Up

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers up another reason we need to get rid of COVID-19: reckless driving is up, and causing more deaths. 2019 was the third year in a row with fewer traffic fatalities than the one...

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2020's Worst Red-Light Runners: Alarming Footage

The video serves as an important warning about the dangers of irresponsible driving and red-light running. "These shocking crashes - captured in a year when traffic was actually down due to the pandemic - serve as a chilling reminder of the...

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Essential Features of an Effective Fleet Management System

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Is a Crash Ever an Accident?

When Helen Witty's 16-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk and drugged driver, in her grief she found some comfort in a single word: crash. While most of those around her were referring to her daughter's death as an accident, Witty says that...

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Survey: Drivers Unable to Disconnect Behind the Wheel

According to a survey released today by the National Safety Council and TRUCE Software, drivers remain persistently unable to disconnect behind the wheel, even 10 years after Distracted Driving Awareness Month brought increased...

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5 Situations in Which Drivers Should Check Their Tires

Safety-wise, there's a lot riding on your tires. But many car owners don't routinely inspect the rubber they are riding on or know what to look for.

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AAA Survey: Men Are More Aggressive Behind the Wheel

Data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms the perception that men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, and make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women. The survey...

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Parking Lot Safety

Parking lots can be a safety risk for workers, especially with the sun setting earlier during the winter months. When you're returning to your vehicle, always try to walk with a co-worker or security officer, the Canadian Center for Occupational...

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IIHS Award Criteria Push to Scrap Inferior Headlights

At least 10 manufacturers have improved their 2021 headlight offerings by eliminating or modifying inferior headlights. Beginning in 2020, vehicles have only been able to qualify for the higher of the Institute’s two awards if they come...

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Cost-Conscious Drivers May Give Telematics a Boost

More Americans want auto insurance pricing to be based on how they drive vs. what they drive and other factors, according to new research by Nationwide. But there are still a few speed bumps along the route to full acceptance of...

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Ford, Insurance Providers to Offer Behavior-Based Premiums

Dearborn's Ford Motor Co. is teaming up with automotive insurance carriers across the U.S. to offer customers premiums based on driver behavior. The system will use Ford's built-in connectivity technology on eligible vehicles. Additionally, Ford...

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Fleet Safety Technology that ISN'T Telematics

With the ability to monitor driver behavior, it is well known that telematics can have a significant impact on driver safety. But telematics is not the only fleet safety technology available - far from it. These days, trucks and vans come...

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NSC Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine and Employers' Role

The National Safety Council applauds today's formal recommendation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the CDC recommendations that prioritize distributing the vaccine first to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility...

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Get Involved with Brake: The UK Road Safety Charity

Be part of our work to create safe and healthy mobility for everyone. Do you want to make a difference to safe and healthy mobility? Find out more and get involved. Take action and campaign for change in your neighbourhood, take part in projects...

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Latin NCAP Latest Results: Zero Stars for Two Models

The New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, latest results were released today with two disappointing zero stars for the New Hyundai HB20 and the ...

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Euro NCAP Offers Yardstick for Commercial Van Safety

Fourteen commercial vans qualify for an award by Euro NCAP under new criteria that prioritize crash avoidance and driver assistance systems. Nineteen vans, covering 98 percent of European sales last year, were tested in accordance with Euro NCAP...

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Dutch Enforcement of Handheld Phone Use Leads the Way

The Netherlands is leading the way in Europe when it comes to monitoring phone use in traffic, according to a new report. The Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) study looked at how the ban on smartphone use among drivers and cyclists is...

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Australia Gets Ready to Rumble for Safety

Australia's minister for roads and road safety, Ben Carroll, has announced a $7 million rumble strip programme to reduce serious crashes in Melbourne's outer suburbs. The programme will involve the deployment of rumble strip line marking on...

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Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards 2020 Winners

Since 1987, the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards have recognised outstanding achievement and innovation world-wide. Each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition...

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UN Report: Europe Exports Millions of Old, Dangerous Cars

Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the USA and Japan to low- and middle-income countries are hindering efforts to combat climate change. They are contributing to air pollution and are often involved in road accidents. ...

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Landmark Study Reveals Driving for Work Death Toll in UK

One in three (29%) of all road fatalities and more than one in five (21%) of all casualties occur in driving-for-work collisions, a new landmark study suggests. The research, conducted on behalf of Roadsafe and Highways for England, found more...

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PACTS Report: What Kills Most on the Roads in UK?

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Recalls Safety Campaign March 8-21, 2021

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'Tis the Season to Drive Sober: Holiday Season Campaign

The holiday season is known for being merry and bright, but it is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to impaired driving. Unfortunately, every holiday season, lives are lost due to impaired drivers.

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Super Bowl Campaign: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk

Super Bowl has become synonymous with drinking and celebrating, making roads on Super Bowl weekend dangerous. Using these materials, you can raise awareness in your community or with your officers to the heightened ...

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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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