February 2019

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
While the first few months of the year are not typically viewed as heavy conference planning months, nothing could be further from the case here within NETS. For those of you who have been following, we are just over a month away from hosting our first ever NETS regionally based satellite conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica April 2-3, 2019. Of course, the cornerstone to any conference is the caliber of agenda and it is safe to say proceedings in Costa Rica will not disappoint. Led by three outstanding keynote speakers: Alejandro Furas: Latin America NCAP; Roy Rojas: COSEVI; and Gonzalo Peon Carballo, ITDP an array of timely Latin America road safety initiatives will highlight the conference.

Complementing the proceeding’s keynote remarks will be a variety of plenary and sponsor presentations highlighting “real-world” SOLUTIONS and TECHNICAL DIRECTION to some of the region’s most pressing road safety challenges. Whether your organization carries a direct presence within Costa Rica or has operations across surrounding countries, the conference is sure to address a number of unique road safety issues while at the same time providing invaluable networking opportunities with others across the region.  Conference and hotel registration is open so register NOW!

Switching gears, here within the U.S. early planning efforts were recently launched via our official SAVE-THE-DATE communication announcing our annual NETS Strength IN Numbers ® Benchmark Conference October 9-10, 2019 . For the first time ever we will be hosting our conference in Washington, D.C. at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel representing a convenient location for members and non-members alike. After a record setting conference in 2018, the bar is set high for yet another memorable conference event. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for additional information!

Thanks again for your continued efforts and commitment to road safety. Drive safely!

Speakers Announced for NETS Latin America Conference!

Speakers and agenda have been announced for NETS Latin America Conference April 2&3, 2019 in Costa Rica! Register today- this is a valuable opportunity to learn about a variety of road safety initiatives and challenges specific to the region!

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

eDriving’s global FLEET division serves 1 million drivers, providing a complete continuum of award-winning risk management and training solutions with proven results and ROI.

Save the Date for NETS Annual Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference!
NETS Annual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference will take place October 9-10, 2019 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel In Arlington, Virginia (Washington D.C. metro area). More information coming soon!
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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways.

Do you have a particularly successful road safety example to share? NETS Members are encouraged to share best practices, ask questions or contribute their expertise to the NETS Road Safety Leaders Forum, an online discussion forum exclusively for NETS Members and Sponsors. Not yet a member? Check out the benefits at  www.trafficsafety.org/Membership .
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