An estimated 9% of Texans are not buckling up, and nearly 1,000 Texans killed in car crashes were known to not be properly restrained in 2014 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Let’s watch this 40-second video of the impact a seat belt can make.
Now imagine four close friends or family members in your car with you. Drivers and passengers who buckle up are 45% less likely to die and 50% less likely to be moderately injured in a motor vehicle crash. Do you want to play the odds with your family or friends? (Didn’t think so!)
How many of you own or take frequent rides in a pickup truck? Seat belt use is the lowest for pickup trucks among all types of vehicles. In fatal crashes, pickups roll over almost twice as often as passenger cars!
Conclusion: Seat belts—including child safety seats—are the least expensive and most effective way to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries. Do EVERYTHING you can, and buckle up!
Prescription medications are helpful in the right doses, at the right time, and when the user is aware of all potential side effects.
What’s the other side of prescription medication?
Dependency and then addiction can occur, especially to pain medication.
Abuse can occur, especially with pain medication. The abuser can be the person who holds the prescription, or someone in the household who is stealing the medication for recreational use.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports the number of prescription medicine abusers in 2014 was 6.5 million.
Several factors have contributed to the severity of prescription drug abuse, including: drastic increases in the number of prescriptions written, greater social acceptance of using medications, and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies.
Potential overdoses are a risk associated with any prescription medication.
There is no single answer to this question that applies to everyone.
Your gender, body weight, the number and types of drinks you’ve consumed, and the amount of food you’ve eaten all affect your body’s ability to process alcohol.
Women, young people and small people become impaired with small amounts of alcohol.
In Texas, drivers are legally intoxicated and can be arrested and charged with a DWI with a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Commercial drivers are legally intoxicated and can be arrested and charged with a DWI with a .04 blood alcohol concentration. However – driving ability can be impaired below the legal alcohol limit.
Even if a driver registers less than the legal limit, an arrest still can be made based on the observations of the officer during a roadside sobriety check.
Happy Hour should be just that—happy. But not if you drive afterwards. (Unless you have an extra $17,000 sitting in your bank account.)
How much does it cost you if you’re convicted of a driving while intoxicated offense?
Think broadly to include not only the fines and court costs, but lost work time, increased auto insurance premiums, travel to court appearances, etc.
See if you can identify the different costs while watching this video:
DWI and crashes due to alcohol are costly—very costly!
Penalties for a first-time DWI conviction in Texas can include up to a $2,000 fine, jail time between 3 days and 180 days, a license suspension for up to 2 years, an annual surcharge up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license, DWI intervention or education program, and a possible order for an ignition interlock device. Legal fees and other DWI-related expenses often total more than $17,000.
Alcohol and DWI problems don’t just affect young people. Rather it affects everyone in the life of the affected person—including the person’s colleagues and employer.
It takes help, support, and at times, intervention to ensure that colleagues, friends and loved ones don’t drive under the influence.