June 2018

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
As we approach the midway point to an eventful year, I am excited to announce the release of our next Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) campaign which is sure to resonate with many. Within the next few days, be on the lookout for our latest module on the subject of backing and parking . Backing and parking crashes represent a significant challenge for most employers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 20% of all reported vehicle crashes occur in parking lots . Since many parking lot collisions involve only property damage, many often go unreported so the real number is likely much higher. I encourage you to look carefully through the campaign materials and distribute to drivers throughout your organization.  
Mid-year also finds us in full swing planning our annual NETS Strength IN Numbers ® Benchmark conferenc e scheduled for October 10 th  and 11 th   in Frisco, Texas. Our latest early-bird registration notice was recently launched containing details on conference keynote speakers. The 2018 NETS Conference is expected to be another can’t-miss road safety event for members and non-members alike. Sign up before June 30 th  to lock-in our lowest registration rates of the year.
Thanks again for your commitment to road safety and wish you continued success with your road safety endeavors.
Safe Driving!

Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends June 30th!

Join us October 10 & 11 in Frisco, Texas to share road safety case studies, new research and emerging issues with your employer road safety peers at the NETS 2018 Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference.

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What You Should Know About 4th of July Travel

If you're planning a Fourth of July trip, here's what you should know: The number of travelers on the roads and in the skies is expected to set an all-time record this year, and the Transportation Security Administration is warning airline...

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Taking Allergy Meds? You May Be Guilty of Drugged Driving

When the sneezing and itchy eyes just won't quit, many of us are willing to pop any pill for seasonal allergies so we can get rid of the symptoms and get on with the rest of our day.

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Behind the Wheel at Work: Tips for Driving in Heat

Winter isn't the only season that can take a toll on driving safety. It is important to keep workers safe on the road during summer, too. Extreme heat can damage your company's fleet vehicles and put workers at risk of a breakdown.

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Behind the Wheel at Work: Reduce Speeding in Your Fleet

Speeding means that the driver is going faster than the speed limit. It also includes driving too fast for road or weather conditions, even if you’re not going over the speed limit. In 2016,over 10,000 people died in speeding-related crashes...

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Nine Tips About Hydroplaning

During a storm or a flood, even the most seasoned commercial driver may find himself in a very dangerous driving situation: hydroplaning. Follow these nine tips for avoiding and recovering during this scenario.

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Commercial Fleet Accident Rate Reaches 20%

Safety is one of the top work challenges facing fleet managers. Concern about the safety for both the driver and the vehicle is a perennial challenge; in particular, the lack of compliance by employees with safety policy.

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Vision Greatly Affects Driving Ability

Driving is a multisensory experience that requires careful coordination and mastery of a wide array of skills. Understanding the rules of the road and having sufficient practice are only part of the equation. Being able to see the road and react...

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How Employers Are Already Enforcing Hands-free Rules

The July 1st Hands-Free Georgia Act is right around the bend, and while most of the general public is trying to grasp compliance in their own vehicles, companies that manage fleets have been holding a higher standard for quite a while.

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Do Traffic Cameras Really Make Streets Safer?

They are despised by drivers and many lawmakers. If this is the way they are going to use technology, you may be tempted to say, perhaps we’d all be better off if they took the cameras out. But would we? Let’s stop and think about it for a minute.

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Digital License Plates That Change Displays and Track Cars

A futuristic digital license plate that can change its display and track the vehicle that it's attached to is being tested on California roads. Over 100 of the high-tech tags are already in use as part of a pilot program, and now Sacramento has...

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These Smarter Stoplights Could Be Lifesavers

Five years ago, nobody would have mistaken Detroit's stoplights for being "smart." They were so obsolete, in fact, that city transportation officials couldn't even tell whether most of the lights were working without visiting the intersections in ...

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Uber's 911 Emergency Button Rolls Out to All US Riders

Uber has been taking heat for assaults that happen during its rides. Some passengers have alleged they were raped, kidnapped or forcibly groped by drivers, while some drivers have reportedly been attacked by riders. Aiming to avoid more of these...

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Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Issues

GHSA's Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States presents new research on marijuana and opioids' impact on driving ability.

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Women Hit the Road After Saudi Arabia's Driving Ban Ends

In a historic change, Saudi Arabia's ban on women drivers has come to an end, meaning women in the country no longer need to rely on drivers or male relatives for transportation.

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Road Safety Report 2018: US Among Highest in Road Deaths

The IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report 2018 provides an overview of road safety performance for 32 countries. The report outlines the most recent road safety developments across IRTAD countries and comparative data for the main road safety...

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Michelin and Total Join Forces to Launch Road Safety Program

Total and Michelin, leading players in global mobility, are launching a major road safety education program for 10-18 year-olds via their corporate foundations. This project, developed with the support of Global Road Safety Partnership, aims to...

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The Global Health Response to Children & Road Traffic

Unfinished Journey: The Global Health Response to Children & Road Traffic highlights the gap between evidence on the scale of road traffic’s impact on child and adolescent health and the action. It argues for integrating road traffic injury...

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2018 NSC Congress & Expo

Register now to attend the world's largest annual safety event.

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GHSA 2018 Annual Meeting Registration Open

Registration is now open for GHSA's 2018 Annual Meeting, "Joining Forces to Get to Zero: Partnerships in Traffic Safety", August 25-29, 2018.

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Automated Vehicles Symposium 2018

TRB is co-sponsoring the Automated Vehicles Symposium on July 9-12, 2018. Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Heidi King, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will serve as keynote speakers.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
National Mobilization
August 15 - September 3, 2018

The 2018 national enforcement mobilization " Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over " goes into effect across the country from August 15 to September 3, 2018. One of the deadliest and most often committed - yet preventable - of crimes (drunk driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country.

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July is National Theft Prevention Month

Motor vehicles are the primary mode of transportation for most of us, and often, an indispensable part of our lives. But what would happen if yours suddenly disappeared? Vehicle theft is a very expensive crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $5.9 billion.

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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  www.trafficsafety.org/Membership .
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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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