Together We Can End Impaired Driving

The National Safety Council has joined forces with six other traffic safety health advocacy organizations in releasing a new video public service announcement to remind Americans that driving impaired — in any form — is dangerous and preventable.

“An impaired driver is a dangerous driver; we need to be focused on the ‘four D’s’ — drunk, drugged, distracted and drowsy,” said Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, added, “As the PSA says, ‘in a perfect world, impaired driving wouldn’t exist.’ All impairments are dangerous and preventable. I’m proud to join forces with these partners to remind the public that they hold the keys when it comes to making positive choices behind the wheel.”

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Texas Drunk Driving Law Aimed at Curbing Repeat Offenses

At your next employee safety meeting, you might want to reserve some time to talk about the ramifications of a drunk driving law that went into effect in Texas on Sept. 1, 2015, if only to reinforce safe driving habits on and off the job.

NHTSA Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
NHTSA Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The law, which requires drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock on their vehicles before hitting the road again, is aimed at curbing repeat drunk driving offenses. In the state of Texas, there is one DUI-alcohol crash every 21 minutes 18 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Not surprisingly, Texas led the nation with 1,337 drunk driving deaths in 2013, as indicated on Page 5 of this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

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Impaired Driving Posters, Fact Sheets and Tip Sheets

Impaired Driving: Drinking, Drugs and Driving Don’t Mix

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off our roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

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Alcohol a Factor in 20% of Work-Zone Related Crashes

Alcohol was cited as a factor in 20% of work-zone related fatal crashes, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Outside the work zone, 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.

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Crash Course on Dangers of DUI Incidents

Here is a sobering thought: In the state of Texas, there is one DUI-alcohol crash every 21 minutes and 18 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Why is this important to know now? Because Texas led the nation with 1,337 drunk driving deaths in 2013, as indicated on Page 5 of this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

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