October 2019

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 9-10th over 200 road safety professionals came together to attend yet another record-setting annual NETS’ STRENGTH in NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference in Arlington, VA.

As many of you know, the conference represents 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. In addition to a number of amazing keynote speakers and member- and sponsor-focused case study presentations, this year’s conference also saw several special breakout sessions involving Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV). The HGV sessions were a tremendous success and proved to be the perfect complement to the conference overall. Additional focus on safe vehicle design and technology advancements were also highlighted as part of a comprehensive deep-dive panel session involving Volvo, Toyota and General Motors. As with years past, results of NETS’ annual STRENGTH in NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Benchmark Report along with Benchmark analysis from NETS statistician and the National Safety Council were also shared.

To those who were able to attend this year’s event, a sincere THANK YOU for your time and participation and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2020! Additional conference highlights, including photos from the proceedings, have recently been posted to NETS web-site

Thanks again to everyone for your leadership and commitment to road safety. Wishing you continued success.
Successful NETS Conference Concluded!

This year's Strength IN Numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference October 9-10, 2019 in Arlington, VA saw record attendance. Conference presentations and photos are now available.

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NETS Next DSWW Campaign Highlighted

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety's (NETS') upcoming Drive Safely Work Week campaign, a recurring fleet safety program that provides employers with a toolkit to promote...

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Drunk Driving Could Start to End Forever as Soon as 2024

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Less Daylight = More Danger for Pedestrians

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Distracted Driving Is Risky Business for Employers

Distracted driving is dangerous, so it should come as no surprise to employers that distracted driving has been an area of emphasis for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...

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How to Deal with High-Risk Drivers

The annual accident rate for commercial fleets is around 20% and the average cost of a fleet accident is $70,000, almost double the cost of the typical workplace injury. Fleet managers should know that a small group of people, specifically, high...

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US Highway Deaths Fall in 2018 for Second Straight Year

DETROIT (AP) - Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell slightly in 2018 for the second straight year, the government's road safety agency said Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed the 2.4% drop partially to technology in ...

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Slower Growth in Working Memory, More Teen driving Crashes

Research into why adolescent drivers are involved in motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of injury and death among 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States, has often focused on driving experience and skills. But a new study suggests that...

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It's Deer Season: Tips to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

Animal-vehicle collisions are not only costly, but can be dangerous. From 2001 to 2011, animal collisions contributed to more than 2,080 fatal crashes nationwide. Whether a deer, dog, moose or squirrel, animals on the roadway are unexpected, and...

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Regulators Want To Loosen Hours-of-service Rule for Truckers

Federal regulators are poised to relax rules governing the hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, raising concerns about safety. September 9, 2019 Federal regulators are poised to relax rules governing the hours truck drivers can spend...

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SUVs Don't Pose Outsize Risk to Car Occupants but Pickups Do

Today's SUVs aren't a major threat to occupants of smaller vehicles, new IIHS research shows. Pickups, on the other hand, still represent an outsize danger when they crash with cars, and the weight imbalance is a likely reason.

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NHTSA Wants Your Input on Camera-based Side Mirror Tech

Technology often outpaces legislation and regulations, but finally, the US will examine and test camera-based side-mirror systems that replace the traditional reflective mirror.

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Drivers Are Turning Off "Annoying" Safety Features

Some Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) alerts are so annoying that many drivers are disabling them, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) StudySM . On average, 23 percent of customers with lane-keeping and...

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AAA Research Shows Pedestrian Detection Systems Inconsistent

New research from the AAA (American Automobile Association) reveals that automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection perform inconsistently, and proved to be completely ineffective at night, when most pedestrian/vehicle...

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Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium Formed

We're still very much in the collaboration phase of autonomous driving, since it's looking still quite a ways off from being anything consumers can use on the regular. That means there's plenty of opportunity for things like the new "Autonomous...

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Disability Advocates Sue Over Scooters Blocking Sidewalks

Dockless electric scooters are posing obstacles and hazards for disabled pedestrians in Minneapolis in a way that violates federal law, a disability rights advocate alleges in a lawsuit filed this week against the city and companies that rent the ...

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Cutting off Power in an Accident Is Key in EVs

With a rising number of electric vehicles (EVs) expected to hit the road in the coming years, drivers are increasingly becoming uncertain about safety measures, especially as to what they should do in the event of a collision.

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NTSB seeks new seat belt requirements for limos after crash

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No Level of Cannabis Use Acceptable In Safety-sensitive Jobs

The National Safety Council is calling for employers to restrict cannabis use among workers in safety-sensitive positions - regardless of whether cannabis consumption is allowed by their state, in a new policy position released Oct. 21.

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GHSA, IIHS Pilot Project to Prevent Speed-related Crashes

The two groups will work with the National Road Safety Foundation to award one or more grants to help states reduce the toll from speed-related crashes. October 24, 2019 With nearly 800 people killed on U.S.

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Traffic Deaths Down in 2018; Much More Work Remains

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s announcement that 36,560 were killed in traffic crashes in 2018 indicates progress in our shared goal of zero deaths. We are pleased to see a 2.4 percent drop in fatalities in 2018 and an...

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World Day of Remembrance | WDR | #WDoR2019 17 November 2019

The World Day offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road death and injury and the urgent need for action Haiti - Handicap International -...

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2019 Campaign to Reduce Tyre-related Incidents

While it might sound like an elementary campaign title, feedback from our partners, in conjunction with what TyreSafe team members also witness first-hand, underlines there is still a need for basic education of a significant proportion of drivers.

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EU Member States Joining Forces To Improve Road Safety

Twelve EU Member States are joining forces to share smart ideas for improving road safety, as part of a new EU-funded project. Although European roads are the safest in the world and although road safety has improved greatly in recent decades,...

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Finnish "Cars for Kids" Plans Postponed Following Warnings

Finnish "cars for kids" plans postponed following European Commission warnings The entry-into-force of a new law in Finland to permit children as young as 15 to drive regular cars fitted with speed limiters has been postponed following an...

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Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety

The Third Global Ministerial Conference (Ministerial Conference), held in the final year of the Decade of Action, aims to reach high-level consensus for continued global road safety targets and collaboration up to 2030. The Decade of Action...

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Campbell Institute Symposium & Work to Zero Summit

2020 Work to Zero Summit brings together EHS, research, and technology solution leaders for a landmark event - the first of its kind to be focused solely on the intersection of safety and emerging technology.

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UK Road Safety Week

UK Road Safety Week 2019 will take place between 18th -24th November and will encourage road users to 'step up' and play a part in the creation of a safe and healthy future. Road Safety Week seeks to raise public awareness of road safety issues...

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Road Safety GB | National Road Safety Conference 2019

The conference prgramme is now almost complete, and follows a similar format to previous years, with both Main and Fringe programmes running concurrently - and a series of workshops on the final afternoon.

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Halloween Drunk Driving Prevention

This Halloween, let’s make happy memories, not tragic nightmares. The only thing scarier than zombies and witches loose on the streets is a drunk driver. Spread the message that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Campaign Materials

Buckle Up - Every Trip. Every Time. This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit our nation's roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on...

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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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