June 2020

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
Greetings NETS Members and Road Safety Professionals,

I hope this finds everyone safe and doing well after what has clearly been a challenging first half of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives and routines of many, and this uncertain environment has been a time of reflection on how we manage both our day-to-day as well as strategic approach across our businesses. These changes have also had a direct impact on NETS as we recently made the decision to shift our annual Strength IN Numbers® Benchmark Conference to a VIRTUAL event the week of October 12th in order to maximize the health and well-being of all involved. Efforts are well underway in planning the conference and we are excited about the unique and creative opportunities a VIRTUAL environment will present for everyone. Conference details have been extensively discussed with the NETS Board of Directors and we are eager to engage valued members, NETS Sponsors and road safety advocates alike during the conference proceedings.

Commitments from a number of impressive keynote speakers and other road safety professionals have been received and further details will be announced in the coming days and weeks. NETS Sponsor engagement will also remain a priority as technical expertise and “solutions” brought to conference participants from our valued Sponsors remains as important as ever during these challenging times. Stay tuned for formal conference registration coming soon!

An additional area of focus — and notable highlight of the year — has been the collection of NETS annual benchmark data from our employer members. I am pleased to announce that we received record response and participation in our 2020 NETS Benchmark collection effort. This is an impressive undertaking considering the additional work demands and challenges many NETS member companies have experienced the past several months during the pandemic. In the coming weeks, Benchmark data will be turned over to our NETS statistician as well as our friends and colleagues with the National Safety Council who will begin their detailed review and analysis. Key findings will be used to identify fleet safety program practices associated with lower collision and injury rates. Members can then pinpoint best practices to put in place a cost-effective, integrated, and comprehensive plan to improve their road safety performance. The final benchmark report and overall summary will be shared with NETS member companies in time for the virtual conference this year. 

Thanks again for your time and dedication to road safety and wish everyone continued good health and well-being through the summer months ahead.
Hold the date for
NETS VIRTUAL 2020 Strength IN Numbers® 
Week of October 12th
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NETS conference will be virtual this year! Stay tuned for ad ditional details coming soon including exact dates, conference registration, agenda, and presentation links. More information, as available, can be found on our conference page: https://trafficsafety.org/conference/2020-strength-in-numbers-annual-conference/
NETS Sponsor Webinar Series

In partnership with NETS, eDriving , a NETS Platinum Sponsor, will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday , July 30 .

Making Driver Safety a Way of Life: Creating a Crash-Free® Culture    

To reduce driver risk, lower associated costs, and sustain risk reduction, driver safety must become “a way of life” – part of an organization’s conversations, activities, meetings, performance reviews, annual conferences, and other events. In this webinar, eDriving’s Jim Noble, Senior Vice President, Risk Engineering, and Denise Murroni, Customer Success Manager, will explain the benefits of how to reduce driver risk by creating a safety performance environment.

In this webinar, you will learn how to establish a crash-free culture® by:
  • Defining and communicating safety as a strategic performance imperative
  • Establishing a holistic picture of driver risk
  • Recognizing safe driving behaviors and changing “at-risk” habits
  • Leveraging MVR, crash and telematics data to support your most “at-risk” drivers
  • Employing micro-learning to provide engaging coaching and training
  • Setting goals and using analytics to measure progress
Focus on Health and Wellness with NETS Driven to Wellness Toolkit

During this time of pandemic crisis, the health and wellness of your employees is likely a top concern. Employers can take action to encourage employees to develop and maintain their general health and reduce stress by using the information and materials provided in the Driven to Wellness toolkit. This includes reaching a healthy weight, being more active, quitting smoking, getting to bed earlier, or starting and maintaining other habits of good health.

The coronavirus pandemic is a difficult situation for everyone, but it has created particular challenges for employers trying to maintain business operations while still keeping their employees and family members safe. NETS understands these challenges and realizes while the focus of road safety has shifted due to COVID-19, fleet safety is still a priority for employers continuing to maintain their business plan. Therefore, we are providing links to the following resources which may be helpful during this trying time.
NSC: SAFER Playbooks

SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns is a comprehensive initiative to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and in a post-quarantine environment. SAFER was created by the National Safety...

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COVID-19 Transport Toolkit

Driving for Better Business, in partnership with FleetCheck, has created a unique toolkit to give fleets an overview of all the major issues with links to many additional resources. We will be adding to the toolkit with more resources and advice...

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Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.

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COVID-19 Guidance for Rideshare, Taxi, Car Service Workers

If you are in the car service industry (rideshare, taxi, and other car services), the following tips can help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

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Back to the Office: Tips to Help Ease the Stress

Feeling anxious about going back to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic? It's important to manage your stress to ensure a healthy return - physically and mentally, experts at Ohio State University say. "Uncertainty and unpredictability can...

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Study: U.S. Has Returned to 95% Commercial Driving Activity

In a race to stop the spread of COVID-19, millions of Americans across the country were ordered to stay home, except for essential activities. While all states have reopened in some capacity, the date they went into lockdown and the time they...

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Pandemic Increases Distracted Driving from Truck Drivers

Vehicle mileage fell sharply during the coronavirus lockdown but is returning to pre-pandemic levels. Along with the swing in mileages comes new driver safety risks, including speeding and driver distraction from mobile devices among carriers'...

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

eDriving helps organizations to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations and total cost of fleet ownership through a patented driver risk management program.

Mentor by eDrivingSM 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 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 24 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 90 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
Driver Death Rates Remain High Among Small Cars

Among late-model vehicles, small cars and minicars remain the most dangerous, according to new driver death rates calculated by IIHS. Nearly half of the 20 models with the lowest death rates are luxury SUVs.

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Marijuana Tops List of Substances Identified in Drug Tests

The first report to use data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse shows that, from the database's Sept. 28 launch through May, marijuana was the most common substance found in...

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Four Ways to Improve Your Fleet's Safety Culture

There's no magic wand for creating a safety culture within your trucking organization, but two fleets shared their own secrets to success June 24, during the Truckload Carriers Association's Virtual Safety and Security Meeting. At Boyle...

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Bad Behavior: Drivers Know It's Wrong, But Many Do It Anyway

New research shows crash-involved drivers admit to risky driving behavior. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's latest research finds drivers who have been in at least one crash in the past two years are...

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Be safe. Drive Smart: TxDOT Launches Summer Driving Campaign

With travel restrictions due to the pandemic, lots of Texans will end up driving to their destinations. TxDOT wants to make sure they do so safely. BRYAN, Texas - With COVID-19 travel restrictions, a lot of Texans will be driving to their summer...

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U.S. States & Counties With the Worst Speeding Problem

When lockdown orders from the COVID-19 pandemic went into effect across the country, car traffic declined significantly. But research from the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) shows that even though...

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The Convergence Of Technology and Manufacturing

As vehicle autonomy becomes prevalent in the auto sector, I believe companies that equip their cars with the most robust self-driving solutions will dominate. Tech companies are entering the automotive...

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Self-driving Vehicles Could Struggle To Eliminate Crashes

Human error plays a role in virtually all crashes, but self-driving cars may have trouble avoiding the same mistakes. Driver mistakes play a role in virtually all crashes. That's why automation has been held up as a potential game...

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Ford Announces Hands-free Driving Tech to Rival Tesla

Whether you like Tesla as a brand or not, there is no denying that it's the Silicon Valley brand that actually accelerated the ongoing global transition from conventional fuel to electric powertrains. Elon Musk's EV brand has also been in the...

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Hot Car Deaths, a Path to Prevention

Please join NHTSA for a virtual press event and heatstroke roundtable on July 1, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. ET. The event will begin with a press conference, with participation from Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, NHTSA Deputy...

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Stripes for 6 Road Safety Challenge

Stripes for 6 is a fun road safety challenge for children and their families. Complete 6 challenges in 6 days for a £6 donation for the 6 kids that are killed or seriously injured every day on roads. You can take part in Stripes for 6 at any...

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Covid-19 and Road Safety

These are difficult times. Governments and citizens around the world are struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that other issues must be set aside while attention rightly focuses on overcoming the virus. Many NGOs are also...

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NSC: Focus on the Drive Newsletter

Communities across the U.S. are facing uncertainties and grappling with how to address the needs of individuals while combating the historic COVID-19 pandemic. People are adapting rapidly, changing the way we work...

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NIOSH: Behind the Wheel at Work

What’s the science behind cognitive distraction? Are cell phones the main cause of distracted driving crashes? What should you include in a distracted driving policy? Let’s explore answers to these distracted driving questions.

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Qatar Mulling Law to Make Seat Belts Mandatory for Back Seat

As the whole world is slowly but steadily coming out of the lockdown phase with restrictions being lifted in installments, transportation remains one of the top-most concerns with regards to Covid-19 safety measures. Vehicles are slowly gearing up...

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ETSC: 14th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This list of countries making the most progress on road safety in Europe might surprise you. Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal have reduced road deaths the most since 2010 Estonia to receive the 2020 European Transport Safety Council...

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What Lockdown? Traffic Returns, and So Do Carbon Emissions

It turns out even a global pandemic can't keep humans from spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The COVID-19 outbreak is far from over, but countries around the world are reopening anyway - and triggering a global surge in carbon...

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Car Crashes Deadlier as Drivers Speed During Lockdowns

Coronavirus lockdowns led to huge reductions in traffic and fewer car crashes this spring, but as drivers sped up on quieter roads, the collisions became deadlier in several cities, a Reuters analysis shows. In...

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Join AFLA for the NextGen 2020 Virtual Corporate Fleet Conference, October 5-7, for an engaging and exciting virtual conference experience. This year’s conference includes interactive educational sessions, dynamic keynote speakers and exciting...

4th of July: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Americans love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks. But all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads.

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Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

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?

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Child Passenger Safety Week: September 20-26, 2020

NHTSA has 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.

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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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