The Problem of Impaired Driving
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:
— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager at the National Safety Council