July 2017

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips

It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through 2017!  Yet as we look ahead to the remainder of the year, there are a number of noteworthy initiatives coming up that are designed to help members and non-members alike enhance their road safety programs.   
  • Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Watch for our upcoming NETS customer satisfaction survey, where members will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact and value NETS products and services have had on their company road safety program and to share ideas for future consideration. New for this year: a section will be included in the survey to capture international needs and challenges that you may be facing in meeting the unique aspects of a multi-national road safety program.
  • 2nd Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) campaign for 2017. Our next campaign, to be released in August, will focus on the challenges associated with distracted driving, along with tangible solutions employers and employees can implement to reduce the risk associated with this significant road safety challenge.
  • 2017 Annual Strength in Numbers® Conference, scheduled for October 11-12th in Charlottesville, VA. This year’s event includes a special opportunity to experience a half-day tour of the Insurance Institute for High Safety (IIHS)/Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) Vehicle Research Center (VRC) where attendees will be able to witness a live car-to-car crash test and participate in numerous hands-on vehicle demonstrations highlighting a number of safety technology features and benefits. Keynote speakers were announced last month, and a full list of speakers will be unveiled by early August. Don’t miss your chance to interact with other road safety professionals. Register today at Conference Registration.  
  • The 2016 Strength in Numbers® Benchmark Report will be delivered as part of our Annual Conference in October and made available to all NETS members. A summary of key report findings and correlations between crash performance and leading program initiatives will be highlighted within the report.

In the meantime, we will also be working on an in-depth review and update of the NETS long range strategic plan to ensure our products and services are meeting the needs of NETS members and association Sponsors. 
Distracted Driving DSWW Campaign Coming Soon

The next Drive Safely Work Week™ campaign, to be released in August, will focus on the challenges associated with distracted driving, along with tangible solutions employers and employees can implement to reduce the risk...

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The Cities With the Worst Drivers in the U.S.

Ask anyone where the absolute worst motorists in the U.S. are concentrated and we'd bet at least seven out of 10 would say it's their own city.

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More Driving on City Streets, Less on Country Roads

Despite a plethora of alternative transportation modes-buses, trains, bicycles-city dwellers are driving more miles than ever, say University of Michigan researchers. In a new study using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, ...

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Dangers of Drowsy Driving

We've warned about drunk driving and, more re­­cently, about the dangers of texting while driving. But what about driving while drowsy? How risky is that? A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has some sobering stats.

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Most Dangerous Kind of Car Crash Isn't the Most Feared

A study from AAA of data on fatal crashes finds that drivers worry most about being killed by another motorist, but the most lethal accidents are solo crashes.

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Troopers Have a New Tool to Spot Distracted Drivers

A big, black van with stickers reading "Stop the texts. Stop the wrecks." on its sides and rear traveled south on I-15 Thursday afternoon. Inside, three Utah Highway Patrol troopers carefully watched...

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Truck Drivers Can Expect More Sleep Apnea Rules

Truck drivers who might have sleep apnea can expect more screening for the medical condition from trucking companies. That's the result of an April U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear a case from a driver who claimed a carrier violated his...

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Fleet and Drivers: Driver Buy-in Key to Vehicle Care Success

Spelling out a driver's responsibilities for vehicle condition in a policy is an important step in making sure cars and vans are well maintained and cared for. This may typically cover areas such as vehicle checks, the processes for reporting...

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New Coalition Educates Drivers on Highway Safety

To promote highway safety, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is partnering with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the American Bus Association (ABA), and AAA to launch the "Our Roads, Our Safety" campaign.

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The Cost of Teen Drivers

The financial shock of adding a teenager to the family auto insurance policy is getting less shocking- at least somewhat. But the impact of adding teenagers to a policy is still a jolt to families, especially those adding boys...

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Michelin, FIA Improve Tire-Safety Education for New Drivers

Crashes remain the No. 1 killer of teens in America, with recent federal safety data showing an alarming 12 percent of crashes involving inexperienced drivers attributed to improper tire maintenance.

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Survey Reveals Why Drivers Want Safety, Not Apple CarPlay

Car manufacturers, take heed: While you're hard at work redefining the future of driving by developing completely autonomous vehicles, today's consumers are looking for new cars loaded with high-tech safety features. But though they're willing to ...

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GM Says It's Ready to Mass Produce Self-driving Cars

General Motors said Tuesday it has finished making 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt test vehicles, an achievement that the automaker says will help put it at the forefront of the race to develop and deploy autonomous...

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Technology That Will Change the Way We Drive

ZF is probably best known for its advanced transmissions, which are employed by numerous automakers in a variety of different applications. Traditionally, this tier-one supplier is all about gears, which should be no surprise since it's right in...

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Virtual Reality Study Could Teach Self-driving Cars Ethics

Research could one day help autonomous cars make moral and ethical decisions like a human. If you ever worry that technology isn't moving fast enough, imagine telling someone 25 years ago that a project involving the use of virtual reality to...

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Auto Safety Gear: What's it Worth to You?

Would you pay more for new car options with a proven chance of avoiding accidents? Apparently, most consumers won't. A recent survey shows that only 8 percent of respondents own cars with automatic emergency braking -- the most crucial new safety ...

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Vehicle Owners Encouraged to Check Recall Status
More than 53 million - or more than 1 in 4 - vehicles on the road today have open recalls. That's why the National Safety Council and founding coalition partner FCA US are thrilled to announce the launch of our new public awareness campaign, Check To Protect™ , which encourages vehicle owners to check their recall status and visit a dealership for a free recall repair. 

At www.CheckToProtect.org, vehicle owners can enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) for a full report on the recall status of their vehicle. The 17-character VIN can be found in the lower left corner of a car's windshield or on the inside of the driver-side door. It can also be found on a vehicle's registration card and possibly on insurance documentation. Drivers with open recalls on their vehicles can visit a dealer to have them repaired for free. 

We encourage you to visit  www.CheckToProtect.org today and learn more!
Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise

GHSA's annual Spotlight on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities projects an 11% increase in the number of persons on foot killed on U.S. roadways last year, compared to 2015. This report offers a first look at state-by-state trends in pedestrian traffic ...

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CDC Launches Motor Vehicle Safety Website in Spanish

We are pleased to announce the launch of a Spanish version of CDC’s Motor Vehicle Safety Website. The Spanish version contains information on the following motor vehicle safety topics:

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2020 UN Target for Road Casualty Reduction Will Not Be Met

Despite the strongest ever UN mandate for action on road safety the Sustainable Development Goal to halve road injury casualties worldwide is unlikely to be achieved by the target date of 2020.

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FIA Foundation Meeting on Safe Roads

According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Status Report on road safety, road and traffic incidents are among the leading causes of death and disability globally with over 1.25 million people affected.

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Airbag Maker Takata Files for Bankruptcy in Japan and US

Japan's Takata Corp, the firm at the center of the auto industry's biggest ever product recall, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan, and said it would be bought for $1.6 billion by U.S.-based Key Safety Systems. In the...

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Distracted Driving
Campaign Materials

Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today. Distracted drivers aren’t just a threat to themselves: they’re a danger to everyone else on the road. The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education., go to: Distracted Driving

September 17-23, 2017
Child Passenger Safety Week

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. NHTSA and the Ad Council launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that urge parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future at every stage of life, by making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight.

For more information, go to: Child Passenger Safety Week

Of the many great things about summertime, few match the fun of a family road trip. Before you hook up that new boat or camper, or hit the road with your family or friends in your car, SUV, pickup, or RV, take the time to review these summer travel safety tips. Prevention and planning may take a little time up front, but will spare you from dealing with the consequences of a breakdown—or worse yet, a highway crash—later.

To check out videos, fact sheets, and tips, go to: NHTSA Summer Driving Tips

National Heatstroke Prevention Campaign:
June 5- August 20

For awareness materials from NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing, go to:


Drive Sober or
Get Pulled Over
National Mobilization:
August 16- September 4

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NETSWork is published electronically on or about the 15th of each month by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Susan Gillies, editor, and Joe McKillips, Executive Director.
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