The cost of traffic-related
crashes to employers is an estimated $55 billion each year in direct costs,
lost time and workers' compensation. Research shows that alcohol is a contributing
factor in 39 percent of all work-related traffic crashes.
Employers can reduce these
costs by supporting employees' use of Designated Drivers programs at all
company functions where alcohol is served. If alcohol is served at office
parties or other social events, employers can help control the amounts
consumed and prevent employees from driving impaired by:
In addition to company functions, employers can take a proactive role in promoting community-based Designated Driver programs by:
publicizing and enforcing company policies about alcohol and drug use.
- Promoting the
use of Designated Drivers via e-mail or on company event invitations.
- Always serving
food with alcohol.
- Distributing free
taxi passes or allowing an employee to expense it so that they can get
a safe ride home after the party and back to work the next day in a
- Limiting the number
of alcoholic beverages employees consume by giving each employee a fixed
number of drink tickets.
- Designating someone
to monitor employee drinking and assist anyone who is impaired and needs
- Never serving
alcohol to anyone under 21.
- Serving non-alcoholic
cocktails as an alternative.
- Awarding small
prizes such as certificates of appreciation to those participating as
- Having the company
president send an all-staff memo thanking Designated Drivers by name.
- Hosting brown-bag
luncheons featuring local law enforcement, prosecuters or judges, victims,
and health care practitioners to inform and educate employees on impaired
driving consequences and laws.
- Placing Designated
Driver messages into paycheck envelopes.
- Highlighting the
Designated Driver message in company newsletters.
- Providing support
or funding to local law enforcement or community groups that organize
Designated Driver programs.
- Writing a letter
to the editor of a local paper discussing what the company is doing
to stop impaired driving.
- Starting a company-sponsored
Designated Driver program.
- Placing Designated
Driver materials in kitchens, snack rooms, copy rooms and restrooms.
- Distributing materials
that discuss how drugs even prescription and over-the-counter medications
and alcohol can impair driving.
By initiating the Designated
Driver philosophy in the workplace and taking an active role in combating
impaired driving, employers can help save lives.