Serving Up Safety
We have officially entered the season of gatherings and holiday events, a time when alcohol-impaired driving is always a concern. Research shows that almost 30 people die in the U.S. every day in drunk-driving crashes – that’s one person every 50 minutes – and holiday periods are associated with an uptick in crashes resulting in serious injury and death.
But here’s the good news: You do not have to serve alcohol at company parties and in-home events to have fun. You can serve mocktails instead.
Don’t know where to start? Let me help:
Recipe for non-alcoholic Sangria
- 2 cups orange juice (chilled)
- 1 cup unsweetened white grape juice
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 2 cups of assorted fresh fruit (oranges cut in thin wedges, thinly sliced lemons and limes, seedless grapes, sliced peaches, halved strawberries)
How to Build
Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher. Pour over ice in glasses.
Download recipe: Non-alcoholic Sangria.
Recipe for a non-alcoholic Pomegranate Spritzer
- 1 lemon for twists
- 2 cups ginger ale chilled
- 1 cup pomegranate juice chilled
- 1 cup seltzer
How to Build
Fill wine glasses with ice. Divide liquid among the glasses, leaving room to top with seltzer. Peel lemon rind with a vegetable peeler. Rub lemon twist on the edge of each glass and then drop the twist in the glass.
Download recipe: Non-alcoholic Pomegranate Spritzer.
You might be surprised to learn some people are tired of going to parties that offer so few non-alcoholic beverage choices. And with liability a concern for party hosts, let’s work together to end impaired driving by serving up a new brand of fun.
Let’s also do our best in this COVID-19 world to keep the holidays merry and bright. Share your recipes for mocktails with us, and we’ll post them on our social media channels. Send recipes to [email protected].
Or Download This Recipe Book: Make Your Own Mocktails
What motivates you? Why do you do the job you do? I meet people every day who are passionate about safety. Sometimes, their motivation is personal and tied to past experience. Other times, they are driven by compassion and empathy. Or maybe they just believe safety is the right thing to do – for everyone.
I can sense the level of commitment, and I can tell when safety leaders are committed to making their company’s driver and transportation safety programs successful. They have implemented safe driving policies, and they provide consistent and ongoing safety training opportunities.
Others punch a time clock. They talk about being “assigned” to safety. I can tell you this: Safety is one area where you can’t simply check a box and hope to be effective in reducing incidents, cutting costs and decreasing liability exposure. Employers who invest in keeping their most important asset safe – their employees – understand that. Driver and transportation safety initiatives need to be part of your evolving safety culture.
Think of it this way: What is the riskiest thing you do every day? The answer is you drive to work, you drive as part of your job, or you run errands and drive after work. Crash fatality rates have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, in part because of speeding and risky driving behaviors. You can control your own behaviors behind the wheel. You can’t control the behaviors of others.
Every year, the economic toll of crashes in the U.S. soars into the range of hundreds of billions of dollars. Employers absorb the brunt of these costs, whether crashes occur on or off the job, through insurance premiums, workman’s compensation claims, fringe benefits costs and injuries that result in a loss in productivity.
It’s time to embrace traffic safety and move your safety program beyond checking a box. Here are five ways we can help you raise your safety game:
- Training: Sign up for one of our free online training sessions. In the coming days and weeks, we will look at emerging trends in impaired driving in the occupational arena and point to safety solutions. We also will highlight company holiday parties and discuss what employers need to know to ensure safety. Use what you learn to make a difference at your location.
- Safety talks: Use our free traffic safety huddle sheets to create brief safety talks.
- Printable materials: Print and display our free monthly Toilet Tabloids safety reminders and free posters.
- Go Live with Lisa: Share a traffic safety video during your next team meeting or post one on your social channels. Pick a video and download the YouTube version here.
- E-Learning: Quiz employees, and watch for new gamification and e-learning modules coming to our website soon.
When it comes to transportation safety, you are limited only by your imagination. Make it your motivation to maximize pleasure and minimize pain, not only in your own life but in the lives of all those around you.