Remind workers to drive safe during the holiday season

According to a new infographic from Safety and Health magazine, there are more alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities during the holiday period than any other time of year. The infographic utilizes data from the National Safety Council (NSC) and estimates New Year’s Day has the highest average percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths at 42%. Employers may want to remind workers to take it easy this holiday season and encourage employees to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. While truck drivers and other professionals may understand the consequences of drinking and driving, employers may want to recommend they take extra precautions between Christmas and News Year’s Day.

The NSC recently released new holiday traffic fatality statistics. According to NSC, 105 deaths and 11,200 injures happened between the hours of 6 p.m. Dec. 24 and 11:59 p.m. Dec. 25 last year. In addition, there were 156 fatalities and 16,700 injuries between 6 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012, and 11:59 p.m. Jan. 1, 2013. Employers may want to ask workers to be especially careful during these peak times.

According to Arcadia News, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety made 5,000 DUI arrests last year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

“My hope is that we are going to have less DUI arrests and more designated drivers [this year],” Alberto Gutier, office director of highway safety, told the news source. “Success means to us less DUI arrests.”

Employers also may want to recommend workers wear their seat belts, as the NSC suggests safety belts are 45% effective at helping workers in averting death. According to the NSC, approximately 38 lives were saved during Christmas due to people wearing their seat belts, and another 57 during New Year’s Day.

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