July 2021

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Greetings, I hope this finds everyone having a safe and relaxing summer!  
Here at NETS, we are hard at work finalizing the review and analysis of benchmark data submitted by NETS members earlier in the year. As many of you know, this deep-dive assessment represents the cornerstone of NETS member benefits through a unique and custom set of road safety outcomes which are invaluable to our member audience.  
Upon its completion, a summary of key findings and correlations between crash performance and leading program initiatives will be rolled into our 2021 Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark Report and delivered to NETS members. A top-line overview of Benchmark findings will also be shared during our VIRTUAL Annual Strength IN Numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference to take place October 19-21. 
NETS Annual Conference is sure to have something for everyone, whether you are looking to enhance your well-established road safety program, gain support for your growing road safety program, or are merely looking for early guidance in developing your road safety program. This year’s event represents another great opportunity to learn best practices and gain valuable “real world” improvement strategies at the only conference focused exclusively on employer road safety. Led by an amazing set of recently announced KEYNOTE Speakers, the conference agenda and topic selection is shaping up to be one of our most impressive on record.  

Complementing our annual NETS Conference event will be our second ever NETS Latin America (LATAM) Road Safety Conference planned September 21-22. KEYNOTE speakers have just been announced for the LATAM proceedings and I encourage anyone with an international presence to join! Registration is currently open for both conferences. 
As with past conferences, attendees within BOTH conferences will also have the opportunity to engage directly with valued NETS sponsors for the duration of proceedings as they showcase some of the most sought-after road safety products in the industry. Partnership case studies forged between NETS members AND sponsor organizations will once again be highlighted from the conference podium allowing attendees to hear first-hand how to apply some of the industry's most advanced road safety technology.
Don’t miss your chance to improve your company's road safety program and interact with some of the industry’s leading road safety professionals. Register today! 

Thanks again to everyone for your commitment to road safety and I wish you continued success.
Safe driving!
NETS 2021
Strength IN Numbers Benchmark and
LATAM Regional Satellite Conferences
Two great conferences, now more accessible to everyone in a virtual environment!
NETS 2nd Latin America (LATAM) Regional Road Safety conference represents a valuable opportunity to learn about the variety of road safety initiatives and challenges specific to the LATAM region.
Join us VIRTUALLY to share and learn about best practices and solutions across industries with other fleet safety managers who face similar challenges.
NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference convenes each year to bring together Global, Corporate, Government, and Non-profit employers. Conference participants include NETS member companies from diverse industries, representing a collective global fleet of more than half-a-million vehicles, ~80% passenger vehicles, that travel nearly 11 billion miles annually.
NETS Member Promotion
Current NETS member companies are encouraged to invite non-members to attend either conference. If the non-member company joins NETS, BOTH companies will receive ONE complimentary conference registration for either conference! 
Multiple Registrant Promotion
Organizations with 4 registered participants will receive complimentary registration for all additional attendees. Encourage your colleagues to attend!
For more information about NETS membership, please visit our membership page: Membership Information – Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
Contact Susan Gillies, NETS Marketing and Operations Director, for details.

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
Drunk Driving Prevention Technology Provisions Passed

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives on today’s passage of historic drunk driving prevention technology provisions as part of the INVEST in America Act. The INVEST in America Act includes the Honoring...

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Stay Safe With Summer Driving Safety Tips From AAA

It's easy to see why summer is the most popular season for road trips. There's nothing like sitting next to an open car window and letting a mild breeze slip through your hair. But you can't have a memorable summer car ride without taking care of ...

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Study Links Junk-food to Tired Truckers, Dangerous Driving

A regular diet of junk food may play a role in unsafe driving actions among commercial motor vehicle drivers by contributing to fatigue - a key factor in roadway collisions, results of a recent study out of China indicate.

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How to Motivate Your Teen to Be a Safer Driver

Through apps from insurers and other providers, parents can track their teens on the road and see how well they're driving. The question is: How do you use this new information effectively? Whether to use positive reinforcement or punishment with ...

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Survey Underscores Prevalence of Distracted Driving

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. motorists confess to multitasking while driving, while more than one-quarter admit they either can't change a tire or never rotate their tires, according to a survey by tire manufacturer Hankook.

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Protect Your Fleet from Staged Accidents

Fraudulent automobile accidents - also known as staged accidents - commonly occur on U.S. roadways, and criminals often target commercial vehicles because they tend to be well insured, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). It's ...

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Electrified Vehicles Now Fastest Growing Auto Segment in US

The U.S. auto market has seen growth this year in nearly every segment, but no segment is growing more quickly and more relentlessly than electrified vehicles - the combined total of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids and plug-in hybrids, according ...

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Con Edison, NYC DOT Team Up for EV Charging Stations

Con Edison, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), and FLO, a North American charging network, announced June 24 the installation of the first of 100 curbside Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports expected by October 2021.

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Curves Pose a Bump in the Road for Driving Automation

Adaptive cruise control and more sophisticated partial automation are as much as 75 percent less likely to be active on freeway curves, limiting their potential safety benefits. July 1, 2021 Curves in the road are posing a challenge to advanced...

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FMCSA Looks to Expand Area Where Safety Tech Can Be Mounted

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking to increase the area safety technology can be mounted inside commercial motor vehicles and expand the definition of "vehicle safety technology." According to a notice of...

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Consumer Alert: Chevrolet Bolt Recall for Fire Risk

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners of select Model Year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles to park their cars outside and away from homes due to the risk of fire. Owners of these vehicles should park their vehicles ...

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Stopped-vehicle Crashes Result in Hundreds of Fatalities

Hundreds of people are killed and thousands injured each year in crashes involving stopped or disabled vehicles that may not have stood out well to drivers, a new study finds.

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Fewer Consumers in Europe Feel Connected Vehicles Beneficial

For more than a decade, research organisation Deloitte has explored automotive consumer behaviours and trends towards vehicle ownership, usage and mobility. This year's findings reveal how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected attitudes. In 2020,...

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Guide Published for Achieving Safe and Sustainable Journeys

A new guide to safe and sustainable journey policies, based on input from fleet safety experts, is now available to download for free. Global Fleet Champions members can now access a factsheet explaining the key elements of creating a safe and...

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How to Keep Your Fleet Drivers Safe on Latam Roads

With more than a million traffic related fatalities reported per year worldwide and deaths seen increasing by some 25% per year, keeping fleet drivers safe and sound is certainly of utmost importance for any fleet manager today and this includes...

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NAFA's Institute and Expo (I&E)

The NAFA Institute & Expo is the premier professional development and networking event that brings together fleet professionals from across North America in every segment including corporate, government, public safety, utility, education, and more.

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AFLA 2021 Corporate Fleet Conference

Emerge stronger in the coming year and join your peers at the AFLA 2021 Corporate Fleet Conference. Don’t miss out on this 3-day education program filled with strategy-focused sessions such as Industry Forecast, Multimodal Strategies, and Safety, plus an entire day discussing EV – from Infrastructure to Assets.


8th Annual Distracted Driving Summit: Drive Smart Virginia

This Summit will bring together industry leaders, scientists, educators, safety professionals, and law enforcement to share ideas, gather information, learn about best practices and forge solutions for distracted driving.

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Child Passenger Safety Week: September 19-25

On average, two children under 13 were killed, and an estimated 351 were injured every day in 2019 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans. NHTSA has launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that urge parents and caregivers to...

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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 https://trafficsafety.org/membership-info/
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About NETSWork®
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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