October 2018

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts
Message from NETS' Executive Director, Joe McKillips
We’ve had an exciting few weeks at NETS! Earlier this month, on October 10th & 11th, over 200 road safety professionals came together for our annual NETS’ STRENGTH in NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference in Frisco, Texas. This year’s event represented yet another milestone for NETS setting a record for our best-attended conference!

The annual conference is an opportunity to meet with like-minded road safety professionals, learn about the latest road safety research and gain insights into new and emerging technology. Numerous co-presentations with NETS member companies and sponsor partners placed special emphasis on culture change and road safety leadership engagement. Results of NETS’ annual STRENGTH in NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Benchmark Report were also shared with special emphasis and analysis on historical benchmark results through the expertise of the National Safety Council, a NETS Benchmark partner.

The conference was highlighted by a special announcement of the first-ever NETS International Road Safety Satellite Conference scheduled to take place in San Jose, Costa Rica April 2-3, 2019. With many NETS member companies taking on multi-national road safety challenges, the International Road Safety Conference will address regional Latin America road safety issues and challenges. A conference planning committee composed of NETS members, Board members and NETS sponsor partners is currently underway and additional information will be provided in the coming week and months. Mark your calendars now for this exciting inaugural event!

To those who were able to attend this year’s conference, a sincere thank you for your time and participation! Additional details and conference highlights, including photos from the proceedings, will soon be posted to our NETS website.

Thanks again to everyone for your leadership and commitment to road safety.  
Driver Safety Tips for the End of DST

The end of Daylight Savings Time (DST) means drivers will soon be spending more time on the roads during hours of darkness. And, with National Safety Council research showing that the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night, it's...

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U.S. DOT Announces 2017 Roadway Fatalities Down

"Dangerous actions such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are still putting many Americans, their families and those they share the road with at risk," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King. "Additionally,...

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Why Large Fleets Resist Electric Vehicles

According to a new survey from UPS and GreenBiz, higher-revenue companies with vehicle fleets listed three major barriers that are keeping them from more widely adopting battery-electric vehicles even though they have identified an appetite for...

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Are Roads with Roundabouts Safer than Stop Signs?

There seems to be a local trend toward roundabouts. Do statistics show that cities with lots of roundabouts have fewer traffic accidents? That was the question posed to us by a reader of The Telegraph through Macon Me Curious , a new project of...

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Hospital ER Reports 161% Spike in Visits Due to Scooters

As injured electric-scooter riders pour into emergency departments across the country, doctors have scrambled to document a trend that many view as a growing public safety crisis. A detailed statistical portrait of that crisis won't...

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Autumn is Deadliest Time for Pedestrians

A Hopkins man hit by a car while walking along the side of a road over the weekend remains in the hospital with critical injuries Monday morning. David Roger Ashlock, 68, was struck about 7:10 p.m. Saturday as he walked near 22nd Street and...

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Is it Legal for People to Drive with Pets on Their Laps?

Alexander from Denver writes, "What is driving you crazy? Good morning Jayson. Is it legal for people to drive with their pets on their laps? It's a "pet" peeve of mine and I'm curious if I'm right or wrong." Alexander, the State of Colorado does ...

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Teen Passenger with Teen Driver Equals Increased Crash Risk

More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of 10 people per day - a 14 percent...

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Drivers Rely Too Heavily On New Vehicle Safety Technology

Drivers may recognize the benefits of having blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in their vehicles, to warn if a crash is...

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The Countries Best Prepared For Autonomous Vehicles

As connected and autonomous vehicle (AV) technology continues to make impressive strides, which countries are best positioned to harness its massive potential? A few years ago, the concept of a driverless car seemed like the realm of science...

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Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Carbon Monoxide Toll

Weaned from using a key, drivers have left cars running in garages, spewing exhaust into homes. Despite years of deaths, regulatory action has lagged. Without having to turn and remove a key to shut off the motor, drivers can be lulled into...

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Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.

We live in a connected world where multitasking is second nature and communication is instant. This, coupled with the compulsion to stay connected at all times, makes drivers overly confident in their ability to ‘safely’ text and use their cell....

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Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues

GHSA's Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States outlines potential highway safety issues that autonomous vehicles will bring to the states.

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IIHS: Recreational Marijuana Factor in Increased Crashes

A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) reveals crash data has risen in states that have legalized marijuana, though they failed to show marijuana use factored into crashes.

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AIP Foundation Shares Helmet Law Case Study at UNITAR

AIP Foundation presented at The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) "Road Safety High Level Conference" in Gurugram, India on the topic of best practices in road safety policy and intervention.

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Abu Dhabi Drivers Warned Against Taking Rain Pics

Taking photographs while driving can attract fines of AED 800 and four black points, according to the UAE's Federal Traffic Laws Abu Dhabi police are warning residents against taking photographs of rain while behind the wheel and reminding them...

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Road Accident Data Collation Has to Be Uniform in All States

In 2017, India lost 1.48 lakh citizens in road accidents. Severity of the accident (fatality per 100 accidents) also rose at 31.8. While India has ambitious target of reducing road...

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World Day of Remembrance

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many...

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Halloween Buzzed Driving

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Halloween is a night for friends and family to enjoy candy, costumes, and memory-making.Tragically, Halloween drunk-driving fatalities are on the rise. Over the last 5 years (2012-2016) there were 168 drunk driving...

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Make It to the Table: Don't Drink and Drive at Thanksgiving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its partners will be running a blitz social media campaign, "Make It to the Table: Don't Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve." On Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving, all of the agency's...

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