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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.
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. Even if a driver registers less than .08 BAC, an arrest still can be made based on the observations of the officer during a roadside sobriety check.
A person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle also is compromised by illegal drugs, prescription drugs and even over-the-counter medications.
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
A workplace-based substance abuse prevention program could include: