May 2019

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
With Memorial Day weekend now behind us, the coast is clear for the “unofficial” start of summer for many across the United States. On many levels this also marks a period of increased risk on our nations roadways. With that said I am excited to announce the redevelopment of a comprehensive employer seat belt campaign titled 2 Seconds 2 Click (2S2C) which NETS has been diligently developing over the past several months. The campaign will serve as a complimentary resource to NETS members and non-members alike and will be launched in the coming days. Whether your company has a formal seat belt policy and program already in place, or you are in the midst of establishing additional structure to your program, the 2S2C campaign is sure to serve as a helpful resource for all. As we move into the summer months and road travel increases, timing is optimal for reengaging your workforce in this vital road safety measure.

I am also pleased to highlight that plans for our annual NETS Conference (October 9-10th) are rapidly falling into place with the recent confirmation of KEYNOTE speakers as well as a number of supporting conference plenary speakers. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a special announcement highlighting conference speakers along with a preliminary conference agenda! 

On a related note, we are also on track to see record engagement with new and existing conference NETS road safety sponsors and look forward to welcoming some of the most sought after fleet safety vendors in the industry. 

Early-Bird registration remains open and you and your fellow road safety colleagues are encouraged to register now to take advantage of the lowest rates of the year through June 30th.   Without question this year’s conference is shaping up to be one of our most diverse and dynamic on record and is expected to be another memorable event!

Enjoy this month's newsletter and thanks again for your continued dedication to road safety!
Save the Date! NETS Fleet Safety Conference: Oct 9-10, 2019

Whether you are a full-time road safety professional, manage a fleet of vehicles, or serve in a support role with your organization's road safety program, the NETS 2019 Annual Conference is certain to have something for everyone!

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

eDriving’s global FLEET division serves 1 million drivers, providing a complete continuum of award-winning risk management and training solutions with proven results and ROI.

NETS Brings Its Fleet Safety Message to Latin America

Methods and successful case studies in one of the world's most challenging road safety environments: Collectively, the members of the U.S.-based Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) have a superior fleet...

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COMING SOON! 2 Seconds 2 Click Seat Belt Toolkit
NETS will soon be releasing the newly revised 2 Seconds 2 Click toolkit, developed in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This step-by-step toolkit includes everything you need to create a 4-week seat belt campaign within your workplace.
Average Urban Commute Reaches 41 Minutes

How long does it actually take to travel to work in major cities, and which areas are really within range? Geotab has analyzed millions of commute times to find out.

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Rear-seat Occupant Protection Hasn't Kept Pace

A new study of crashes in which belted rear-seat passengers were killed or seriously injured suggests better restraint systems are needed. April 25, 2019 A new IIHS study of frontal crashes in which belted rear-seat passengers were killed or...

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Australia Conducts First Truck Driver Fatigue Research

As part of its long-term aim of improving safety on the country's road network, Australia's National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) have released the results...

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One Thing You Can Do: Drive Smarter

Transportation creates more greenhouse emissions than any other sector of the United States economy. That’s in part because the number of cars on the roads keeps increasing. But experts say that if all American drivers were to follow a few simple...

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Distracted Driving Study: Finding Focus on the Road

In today’s always-on culture, distractions are on the rise – and especially true among younger Gen Zs, more than half of whom say their level of distraction is impacting focus and productivity. As a result, many are looking to regain control...

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AAA Dubs Summertime As '100 Deadliest Days Of The Year'

AAA Dubs Summertime As '100 Deadliest Days Of The Year' With Teen Drivers At Higher Risk AAA said the number of crashes spike during the summertime, and call it the "100 days of the year", where there is a 14 percent spike in crashes, with...

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Caution for Allergy Meds: Side Affects on Driving

Hay Fever sufferers need to examine their medicines and check for any side-effects before driving, road safety professionals are warning. For drivers, hay fever is much more than an inconvenience. If you suffer badly, you probably shouldn't...

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Airbags More Likely to Explode in Hot Months: Check Recalls

Recalled airbags can be deadly. Airbag Recall Repair Month urges all drivers to make safety a priority by checking their vehicles, and getting their defective airbags repaired immediately. Repairs are free at all car dealerships and take about an ...

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Three Essential Vehicle Safety Technologies

High-tech features and advanced driver assistance systems are becoming more readily available, and they have the potential to reduce the rates of crashes, fatalities and injuries on the nation s roadways.

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Volkswagen Is Trying to Solve the Issue of Car Sickness

Forget the technical and safety challenges facing self-driving cars' march toward the mainstream: good old-fashioned carsickness is coming up as a worthy consideration for automakers designing autonomous vehicles. Volkswagen has announced...

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Self-driving Cars: Drivers Will Still Be in Strong Demand

Through at least the next decade, human truck drivers, bus drivers and taxi drivers will remain in strong demand. And during that time, self-driving technology will put little, if any, dent in that demand, write Gad Levanon, chief US economist at ...

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Should We Regulate Ads That Promote Dangerous Driving?

How many times have you seen a car ad that shows - nay, glorifies - dangerous driving? Someone revving down a tiny road along a jagged cliff? Or speeding through a city - pedestrians, cars, other impediments somehow miraculously absent? These ads ...

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Your Car May Soon Sound An Alarm When You Look At Your Phone

You back up, your car alerts you if you're coming too close to something. You don't put your seat belt on, your car reminds you. Ding! Ding! Ding! But that right there is what you might here every time you look at your phone-- to check...

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Secure Your Load Day: June 6th, 2019
According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Safety, more than 200,000 crashes in the past four years were caused by road debris. The study also showed that road debris resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014. On June 6th the annual Secure Your Load Day will take place in honor of those whose lives have been impacted or taken by unsecured loads and road debris and in an effort to make load-securing a standard practice.

For more information, go to:

Summer Driving Tips

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...

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Recalls Safety Campaign

NHTSA manages vehicle safety recalls, sets vehicle safety standards, and requires automakers to recall vehicles that have safety defects or do not meet those standards.If your car has a recall, get it fixed - it could save a life.

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#StopTheCrash Campaign for Car and Motorcycle Safety

For the first time in Africa, the #StopTheCrash Partnership hosts live demonstrations of crash avoidance technologies in support of the United Nations Global Goals and the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

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EU Seat Belt Reminders in Every Seating Position

Seatbelt reminders in every seating position from September The EU has formally agreed updated UNECE regulations on seatbelts that will require seatbelt reminder systems in all front and rear seats on new cars from September 2019. Existing EU...

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New Initiative Encourages Use of Car Child Seats

AA Vietnam and AIP Foundation, in collaboration with the Hanoi Traffic Safety Committee, launch the new child car seat initiative at Nam Tu Liem Primary School in Hanoi. (Photo courtesy of the AIP Foundation) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Public awareness...

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Registration is open! Spaces are limited.
June 25-26, 2019
National Safety Council–Itasca, IL

Cannabis can have a major impact on the safety of your workers and cannabis legalization is creating new challenges. Learn how cannabis can affect your employees’ ability to work, drive and function. Join the National Safety Council for the symposium, “Cannabis: It’s Complicated”, where you will find out policies you should have in your workplace and get the information and resources you need to address marijuana use and cannabis-related products.

For more information, go to:  NSC Cannabis Symposium

ATSIP 45th Traffic Records Forum: August 4-7, 2019

Registration for the 45th Traffic Records Forum is now open! Prepare your plate for tasty barbeque and Smoking Hot Data as the Traffic Records Forum goes to Austin, TX, the "Live Music Capitol of the World"! The Forum will begin on Sunday, August ...

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Global Fleet Conference June 4-6, 2019

Where the Global Fleet Community Connects. Now in its seventh year, Global Fleet Conference, brought to you by the publishers of Automotive Fleet, Work Truck, Fleet Europe and Global Fleet, is a...

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2019 NSC Congress & Expo: San Diego, CA September 7-13, 2019

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health and environmental professionals. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this safety conference for industry-leading technology, education...

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If You Feel Different, You Drive Different
Drug-impaired driving is a problem on America’s highways. Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving - which means it is dangerous and illegal in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. Whether the drug is legally prescribed or illegal, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers, and other road users.

NHTSA wants to spread the word about drug-impaired driving and to remind all drivers: If you are impaired by drugs and thinking about driving, pass your keys on to a sober driver. 

For awareness materials from NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing, go to:
4th of July: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
For awareness materials from NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing, go to:
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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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