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Drunk driving

Reuters
Thu, 2012-09-06

Highlights: More than half of U.S. drivers killed in car accidents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash, according to a new study.

DFBS note: Think about that while your employees are on the road, and how to keep from contributing to these statistics.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Tue, 2012-08-14

Highlights: In 2010, 70 percent of drunk driving deaths involved drivers with BAC of .15 or higher.

DFBS note: People make poor decisions when they are drunk. Do your younger workers especially know the effects and risks of binge drinking? If not, educate them.

CDC Vital Signs
Mon, 2012-01-02

Highlights: New estimates show that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought ... This behavior greatly increases the chances of getting hurt or hurting others due to car crashes, violence, and suicide.

DFBS note: As you know from our training, the vast majority of problem drinkers are employed.

State of California, Office of Traffic Safety
Sat, 2011-11-19

Highlights: Drugs that can affect driving were found in one of every seven weekend nighttime drivers in California, according to the first-ever statewide roadside survey of alcohol and drug use by drivers. The survey results announced today by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) showed more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

North County Times - Californian
Wed, 2011-07-20

Highlights: UC San Diego study shows that even at a 0.01 blood alcohol level, a driver is 36 percent more likely to have a serious injury crash.

DFBS note: DOT drug and alcohol regulations do not prevent an employer from establishing a lower BAC threshold for a separate alcohol testing program under its own authority.

Addiction Coalition
Tue, 2011-06-21

Highlights: Drinking even a little bit of alcohol increases the risk of driving accidents, a new study finds. The study shows that the severity of life-threatening motor vehicle accidents increases significantly at blood alcohol levels far lower than the current United States limit of 0.08 percent.

DFBS note: If your workforce spends a lot of time behind the wheel, maybe you consider a blood alcohol testing threshold of 0.04, or even 0.02.

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