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.
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 Use or adapt this sample text to create your company’s policy on driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, both on and off the job
- 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 EAPs) and drug-free workplace programs
Employers also can establish a workplace-based substance abuse prevention program that 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
These programs can result in various benefits for your company, including lower medical costs, reduced turnover and absenteeism and higher employee productivity and morale.