July 2023

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts

Message from NETS' Executive Director,
Susan Hipp

Our coffee grinder broke recently which, in our household of daily cappuccinos, is a big deal. We took it apart, cleaned it, worked on the grinder, all to no avail. It still wouldn’t work. After 5 or 6 times of trying different things, we almost gave up. But on the last try we finally figured out which part wasn’t working and were able to fix it.

The lesson here was we had to accurately diagnose the problem in order to fix it.

How do you address problems in your fleet? Are you struggling with too many rear-end collisions? Or how about backing into objects, or parking lot crashes? Are you finding the root cause in order to manage and correct the problems, or are you “taking the coffee grinder apart” 5 or 6 times before finding the solution?

If you have challenges in your fleet safety program, I invite you to join us at either of our upcoming conferencesour EMEA Regional Conference in Paris in September, or our annual conference in Indianapolis in October. Both conferences will address the challenges and issues you face in your fleet and will lead you to ways you can accurately diagnose the problems and correct them through expert insights and networking with other fleet safety professionals.

Keynote presenters have been announced for both conferences, the full programme is available for the EMEA Regional Conference, and more information is coming soon on the sector meetings and full agenda for the annual conference.

Register soon before space fills up!

And now that I’ve addressed the problem, I can go have another cappuccino. 
Susan Hipp
Executive Director, NETS
for NETS 2023 Conferences!
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NETSTalk Now: Driving Change, A NETS Road Safety Podcast

Join leading global road safety experts to hear the latest in road safety technology, innovations, and best practices. Each month we will explore topics on advancing road safety and reducing risk on the world’s roadways.

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What Drivers Want Report Results
Thursday, August 17, 2023
2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

In the race to attract and retain the best workers, fleets can get a leg up if they know what drivers value and how they think.

The recently published “2022-2023 CCJ What Drivers Want Report” can provide the insight you need into the opinions and needs of today’s drivers. In an upcoming free webinar on August 17, we’ll review the highlights of the report, including:

  • Top survey takeaways and what it means for the future

  • How technology plays into driver attrition and retention

  • The leadership messaging that’s most effective with drivers

  • The biggest problems for drivers aside from their employer 

  • Meredith Priestley, VP & General Counsel, Cargo Transporters, Inc.
  • Jason Cannon, Chief Editor, Commercial Carrier Journal
  • Jeff Martin, Global Sales Strategy Vice President, Lytx
  • Ryan Brandos, Key Account Executive, Lytx
  • Susan Hipp, Executive Director, NETS
You don’t want to miss the coach’s summary at the end! Register today!

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

CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, fleet safety and fleet risk management services.

As a top fleet management services company, CEI is committed to providing the most effective, efficient and user-friendly services for preventing fleet accidents and handling the results of those accidents that still occur. That means an on-going commitment to maintaining the highest-quality and experienced staff, continuing investment in the latest technology, and partnering with our customers to seek constant improvement in their fleet driver management.

eDriving, a Solera company, helps organizations around the world to reduce incidents, collisions, injuries, license violations, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership through its patented digital driver risk management programs.

At its heart is the Mentor by eDrivingSM smartphone app that identifies risky driving behaviors for intervention and safe driving habits for recognition. In-app features include micro-training and coaching, gamification, collision reporting, vehicle inspections, and an individual FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict the likelihood of being involved in a collision. Mentor’s integrated automatic crash detection and Personal SOS features powered by Sfara and Bosch trigger a voice call and emergency support, as needed, from one of Bosch’s Global Call Centers supporting >50 countries. Through its five-stage, patented Crash-Free Culture® risk reduction methodology, eDriving helps organizations embrace safety and reduce risk for Sales, Service, Delivery and Warehouse drivers, all within a privacy-first, data-secure environment.

eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries. Over the past 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 awards around the world.

Lytx is the global leader in fleet management technologies. Our solutions harness the power of video to empower drivers and fleets to be safer and more efficient, productive, and profitable so they can thrive in today’s competitive environment. Through the Lytx platform, direct and reseller clients access our customizable services and programs spanning driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, preventative maintenance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and 1.6 million drivers in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information on Lytx video telematics systems, visit www.lytx.com@lytx on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

Established in 1952, Smith System has grown to be one of the most renowned professional driver training companies, with millions of drivers benefiting from our proven philosophy: The Smith 5 Keys®. Over the years, Smith System has expanded our reach and influence through several acquisitions to further strengthen our commitment to driver safety and enhancing our comprehensive range of services. The additions of Driver’s Alert and Driving Dynamics have solidified Smith’s position as the leading provider of safety training, coaching, and fleet risk management throughout North America and beyond.

Smith System offerings include virtual and in-person training, behind-the-wheel exercises, and eLearning programs based on proven methodologies and expert instruction. Further, Smith System is a market leader in providing telematics, camera technology and driver monitoring. Today, Smith System and our family of brands continue to make significant contributions to the driving industry, helping individuals and organizations improve their driving skills, enhance safety, and reduce risks on and off the road. We train drivers from more than half of the Fortune 500 fleets and offer instruction in more than 22 languages and 100 countries worldwide. With a vast Health, Safety, and HR eLearning library, fleet management tools, and North America’s largest decal-based response center, we support companies with all of their driver and workplace safety needs.

Volvo Cars is a multinational passenger car manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The first Volvo car rolled off the Gothenburg production line in Sweden in 1927. Since then, Volvo Car Group has been a world-leader in safety technology and innovation. From the very outset Volvo Cars has been a brand for people who care about the world and the people around us. We have made it our mission to make life easier, better and safer for everyone.

Volvo is behind some of the most important inventions and innovations in the history of car safety, and we are continuously improving your safety. Among those innovations are the three-point seat belt (1959); rearward facing child seat (1972) and the booster cushion (1978); side impact protection system (1991) and the side air-bag (1994); the blind spot information system, BLIS (1994) and many more safety innovations.

Today, Volvo is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales in more than 100 countries. Volvo’s goal is that no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car. An important step in that direction is the introduction of LIDAR in our new fully electric flagship SUV, the Volvo EX90.
Learn about all of NETS Fleet Safety Sponsors
Pedestrian Deaths Hit a 41-Year High

The U.S. last year had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1981. Road safety experts pointed to several factors driving the trend. Reckless driving and bigger cars may be to blame.

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Smartphones Lead to Distraction. Could They Also Prevent It?

Smartphones are among the most common causes of distracted driving. Could they also help prevent it?

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Summer Driving Tips

For many of us, summertime means vacations and summer road trips. Now is a good time to review these safety tips. A little planning and some safety checks might spare you from dealing with the consequences of a breakdown — or worse, a highway crash.

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The Dangers of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Due to ADAS, drivers can become less careful and lax in practicing good behaviors, trusting the vehicle's technology to protect them instead.

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Report Examines Crash Fatalities Linked to Distracted Driving
In a recent analysis, mobile phone related behavior ranked as the number one distraction linked to fatal crashes—with 384 collisions involving drivers using cell phones.

The Dangers of Driving on Flooded Streets

Driving on flooded roads presents lots of dangers. You can't always know how deep standing water is, and unseen hazards may lurk below the surface.

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New Algorithm Maps Safest Routes for City Drivers

Most navigation apps can show you the fastest possible route to your destination and some can even suggest an eco-friendly route. But what if they could also map the safest route with the lowest possible risk of a crash?

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Do Safety Features In Cars Actually Reduce Car Accidents?

Do you need a car with an advanced safety system? I didn't think I did-until I did. I was backing up my Volvo XC90 in a grocery store parking lot in Reno, Nevada, last week when I heard a sudden alarm. The car screeched to a halt on its own.

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What Is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist?
The Department of Transport and Main Roads looked into a new car safety technology called forward collision assistance technology (FCA), also known as autonomous emergency braking, to lessen the frequency and severity of forward collisions. Forward collision assistance decreases front-to-rear crashes with injuries by 27%, according to...

ASU Research Ensures Autonomous Vehicle Safety, Reliability

As autonomous vehicles continue to advance at an unprecedented pace, ensuring their safety is a main concern shaping the future of transportation. Faculty members in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University are working ...

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Newly BIM-Based Digital Design for Road Safety Improvement

The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology developed a digital model designed to identify dangerous roads where traffic accidents frequently occur while further finding optimal measures to improve the safety of such roads...

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Almost 1/3 of Traffic Fatalities Are Speed-Related Crashes

NHTSA will launch “Speeding Wrecks Lives” Campaign. New data show that while there has been three quarters of a slight dip in overall roadway deaths, speeding fatalities reached a 14-year high in 2021 and make up almost 1/3 of all traffic fatalities.

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Latest Driver Death Rates Highlight Dangers of Muscle Cars

The latest driver death rates show the dangers of muscle cars in addition to the minicars and small cars that usually dominate the list.

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Traffic Fatalities Dropped in the First Three Months of 2023

Estimates show that 9,330 people died in traffic crashes in the first three months of the year. This represents a decrease of about 3.3% as compared to 9,645 estimated fatalities during the same time in 2022.

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GHSA and Responsibility.org Fund Drunk and Drug-Impaired Driving Prevention Programs in Four States
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Responsibility.org have awarded $120,000 in grants to four State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO) for programs designed to combat alcohol, cannabis and multi-substance impaired driving, which accounts for approximately one-third of U.S. traffic deaths annually.

#RAPKnowledgeLive Session: iRAP’s Safety Insights Explorer

RAPKnowledgeLive sessions are held monthly worldwide to discuss the latest knowledge on road safety tools, programmes and partnerships helping make global roads safer. ​Our fourth #RAPKnowledgeLive session will be held at August 16.

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Brake's Road Safety Week

Let’s talk about SPEED. Five people die on UK roads every day, so why do we still think it’s OK to speed? Take part in Road Safety Week 2023 and join the conversation. Road Safety Week this year is 19–25 November 2023.

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Police Urged to Yarget Dangerous Drivers with Drones

Road safety experts call for more police to use drones to target dangerous drivers after Devon and Cornwall Police began using the technology earlier this year.

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Collaboration Provides Driver Safety Solutions to Fleet Mgmt

iCatch Technology, a leading AI image processing IC design company, announces its strategic collaboration with FS Solution, a Korean AI software development company focusing on AI video analytics solutions.

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National Mobilization Impaired Driving

The 2023 impaired driving national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" goes into effect across the country from August 16 to September 4. Impaired driving is one of the deadliest - yet most preventable - of crimes.

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Registration: GHSA Annual Meeting

August 12-16, 2023 | New York, NY - This year’s theme, “Connecting Communities: Putting Vision Zero into Action,” affirms the importance of involving communities of all sizes in implementing proven and innovative solutions for preventing crashes.

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Registration: NSC Safety Congress & Expo

October, 2023 | New Orleans, LA
Professional Development Seminars: October 20-22 and 25-26
Congress & Expo: October 23-25

Registration: Fleet Safety Conference

November 8-10, 2023 | Santa Clara, CA - The Fleet Safety Conference will deliver cutting-edge education from experts in safety with the goal to create safer fleets. Attendees will also experience new safety technologies behind the wheel and through hands-on demos.

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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