More than 40,000 people are killed on our roads each year. Driver health and safety is always priority, but driver incidents also have a tremendous effect on employers’ bottom line – even if they happen off the job.
Thousands die every year in crashes involving cell phone use. An NSC survey showed most people know better, but many still admit they talk and text while driving. Employers are taking the lead in reducing distracted driving by promoting policies banning cell phones.
Impairment begins with the first drink. Even though the legal limit for blood-alcohol concentration was reduced to 0.08 in the 1980s, for decades drivers with BAC at or above 0.08 have remained involved in one-third of all traffic fatalities.
Marijuana and even prescription drugs can greatly alter workers’ ability to drive, operate machinery and make sound decisions.
Stress and fatigue from shift work or holding down multiple jobs can increase the risk of a crash, and about half of all adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. About 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel.
People who drive for a living have certainly seen their fair share of distracted drivers and probably have had some close calls. Whether you manage a fleet of vehicles, oversee a mobile sales force, or simply employ commuters, implementing a driver safety program at work can greatly reduce risk and protect your bottom line.