So, You Think You Are OK to Drive? Take the Test

Holiday’s and celebrations go hand in hand. Send an e-card to your employees this December with a message that includes celebrating safe driving during the holidays. One way to understand how impairment affects drivers is to take a deep learning drive into crash risk and blood alcohol content level with the National Impaired Driving Prevention Month tools.

A study produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows crash risk is 40% greater at 0.05 than at zero alcohol concentration. Keep in mind 0.05 is still under the legal limit. Ask your employees: Do you think a person is safe to drive at 0.05?

Have a brief safety meeting and show RuthAnn’s BAC Test. She joined friends for drinks on a Thursday night. When she drove to work the next morning, after sleeping six hours, her blood alcohol level still was elevated. Point out risks that can impact safe driving. For example, alcohol can impair judgment and reduce reaction time.

The ramifications of a DUI crash can be devastating. In 2017, almost one in five children killed in traffic crashes was killed in a drunk driving crash, and 54% of the time it was the child’s own driver who was drunk, according to NHTSA.

The holidays are a time when people celebrate with co-workers, family and friends. In Oklahoma, 14 people were killed in crashes during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday driving periods in 2016. The takeaway: Plan ahead for a sober driver. Impairment begins with the first drink.

– Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council