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

The Problem of Impaired Driving

Misuse or Abuse of Alcohol & Drugs Affects More than the Driver. The employer also can be impacted by incidents that occur on or off the job.

In 2016, there were 987 fatalities in Texas due to crashes involving a DUI, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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 2016, 566 fatal crashes in Texas involved the use of alcohol, according to TxDOT. Two hundred-eighty fatal crashes involved the use of drugs.

Here are resources employers can use at an upcoming safety meeting or as a part of your outreach by hanging posters in your office:

Impaired Driving Posters, Fact Sheets and Tip Sheets

— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager at the National Safety Council

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