Impaired Driving

  • In 2013, there were 943 fatalities in Texas due to crashes involving a DUI.

Impaired driving is a serious issue in Texas, and it affects many more than only those involved in drunk driving crashes. The misuse or abuse of alcohol or other substances greatly increases the chance of injuries in the workplace and beyond.

Whether it's referred to as drunk driving, driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, impaired driving simply means a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle while compromised by alcohol and other drugs that change the function of the brain and body.

  • In 2013, 338 fatal crashes involved the use of alcohol and 137 crashes involved the use of drugs.

What's the Problem

Drunk driving is obviously dangerous, but it also can be extremely costly to your business. Alcohol use is a factor in 39 percent of all work-related crashes. Happy hours and other celebrations among colleagues often can result in sad endings, such as serious injury or death.

In Texas, drivers are legally intoxicated and can be arrested and charged with a DWI with a .08 blood alcohol concentration; however, driving ability can be impaired below the legal alcohol limit.

A person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle also is compromised by illegal drugs, prescription drugs and even over-the-counter medications. Even if there is no .08 BAC reading, an arrest can be made on the observations of the officer using roadside sobriety checks.

What Employers Can Do

Promote Sober Driving

Remind employees that not only is it against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, but sober driving also prevents injuries and deaths.

Sample Sober Driving Policy

Offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Acknowledge the connection between impaired driving and misuse of alcohol and other drugs, and adopt strategies to encourage employees with problems to seek help through Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and drug-free workplace programs.

These programs can result in various benefits for your company, including lower medical costs, reduced turnover and absenteeism and higher employee productivity and morale.
 
Establish a Workplace-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Program

A workplace-based substance abuse prevention program could include:

  • Confidential screening and counseling
  • Worksite awareness programs
  • Web-based information, referrals to treatment
  • Recovery support for workers in treatment
  • Supervisor training to spot productivity problems 
A project of the National Safety Council in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation.
 
 

 

                                                                                                                                        Click on Careless Carl to make your own Our Driving Concern character at nsc.org/safedrivers

 
National Texas

NSC Mission


The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

Campbell Institute


The Campbell Institute was built upon one belief: that Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) is at the core of business vitality.

Sign up for our newsletter

For Email Marketing you can trust

Text Size

A | A | A

Language | Translate


National Safety Council
Copyright
All rights reserved.