Update from Joe McKillips, NETS’ Executive Director – December 2017
As we count down the days remaining in 2017, I am hopeful the past year has been one of success and prosperity for your organization’s road safety program. I want to also thank our many NETS members for their support and contributions during what has been a tremendous year within the organization.
As we look back on the year, one of our early milestones was the launch of a platform enabling NETS members to directly engage with fellow road safety professionals through our new and improvedNETS Road Safety Leaders Forum. With this application NETS members can now post discussion topics, ask questions and contribute input – online and in real-time.
Additional enhancements to the NETS web-site were also made making it easier for members to access and view on-line membership benefits, including the capability to access a full online membership directory.
Also in 2017, we introduced more frequent Drive Safely Work Weekcampaigns focused on specific topics. In May, we introduced a campaign focused on Speed reaching an international audience in collaboration with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week. Distracted Driving was highlighted during the month of July, and an additional campaign focused on Impaired Driving was introduced in October.
We closed the year with our 2017 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Annual Benchmark Conference which turned out a record number of attendees. An exciting addition to conference proceedings was the opportunity to travel to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) / Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) Vehicle Research Center (VRC) to witness a “live” car-to-car crash test and participate in numerous hands-on vehicle demonstrations.
Finally, the past year saw inclusion of our FIRST Utility Sector organization, Consolidated Edison, in joining the ranks of our Board members. This is a notable highlight and one which will enable NETS to make an even greater impact with our strategic planning and future aspirations. We also added four additional Sponsors to our members service portfolio allowing us to further expand and share road safety expertise with membership.
Thanks again for all you do to help support the NETS mission of reducing risk and saving lives. We look forward to extending our momentum into the new year and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season!