On December 1, President Obama declared December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in response to the impact of drunk, drugged, and distracted driving.
There are many reasons why impaired driving must be addressed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cost of alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes amounts to around $37 billion annually, and in 2012 alone, more than 10,000 deaths resulted due to vehicle-involved alcohol impairment.
As an individual and as an employer, you can do your part to prevent impaired driving from affecting your loved ones, workers, and your community. Here’s how.
Stopping Impaired Driving
Plan Your Ride
This season is full of holiday festivities, and often drinking is involved. When you plan on imbibing, make sure you also plan a safe ride home, whether by a designated driver, a cab, or public transportation. It’s not worth the risk to get behind the wheel when intoxicated.
As a friend or coworker, it’s also important that you watch out for others you’re celebrating with. Make sure that no one gets behind the wheel impaired. You can help them find a ride from a sober friend or family member or call a taxi. Keep calm and non-confrontational, but firm.
When on the road around the holidays, snow and ice aren’t the only hazards out there. As a driver you need to be cautious about other drivers who could be impaired. Be sure that you and all your passengers wear seat belts and always drive cautiously. If you suspect someone is driving drunk, call 911 and report the behavior.
Drug & Alcohol Testing
If you are an employer — especially one covered under DOT regulations — then drug and alcohol testing is a needed step in stopping impaired driving.
Test Smartly Labs nationwide are equipped to provide DOT-regulated drug and alcohol testing, as well as testing for non-DOT organizations. We can conduct pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion testing to help your company avoid legal and financial issues, not to mention injuries.
To learn more about our services, contact your nearest Test Smartly Labs today!