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Road Sign Quiz

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How to Use the Safety Cards

Use the Safety Coach Cards for a quick safety talk. They are perfect for in your office or outside of a traditional office setting. Cards feature discussion talking points and…

Make it a Practice to Buckle Up, Partner

When it comes to wearing seat belts, Texans exceed the national average.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 94% of the state’s drivers and front seat passengers wear seat belts. That compares with an 86% rate nationwide.

When it comes to motor vehicle occupant deaths, Texans also exceed the national average.

Why It’s Important for Employers to Stress Safe Driving Behaviors

Six out of 10 respondents in a survey commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey said they consider unsafe driving by others as a major personal threat to themselves and their families.

Specifically, survey respondents pointed to speeding as an unsafe behavior that caused concern. And that type of behavior is just one of many commonly associated with aggressive driving, defined by NHTSA as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”

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.