Adopt zero-tolerance to drink-driving

Fewer than half of firms with staff who drive for work would sack an employee caught drink driving, according to an alarming new survey.

The findings of the research have prompted road safety charity Brake to call on firms to adopt a zero-tolerance approach on drink and drug-driving.

Huge risk factor

Here in the UK, drink-driving is responsible for around a sixth of all road traffic accident deaths.

This study, however, found only 44% of the companies questioned would go as far as to sack a member of staff who got behind the wheel while over the legal limit.

Around 62% insisted some disciplinary action would be taken against those found with illegal drugs or alcohol in their system while at work, although the majority admitted that tests are never carried out.

Carried out by Brake and the Licence Bureau, the survey found that only 50% of firms educate their staff about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, with even fewer (47%) talking to staff about drug-driving.

‘Regular eye tests needed’

The poll also found that just a quarter of the employers quizzed make their driving members of staff undertake regular, full eyesight tests, while only 60% tell drivers to take a break if they’re feeling tired on the road.

A further 58% admitted that they don’t have a regular look at workloads to make sure drivers aren’t being put under too much pressure, which can cause stress and tiredness, raising the risk of a road traffic accidents.

Brake is calling on employers to do all they can to stop staff from taking to the road when they are not fit to do so.

Accident Advice Helpline can help innocent victims of road traffic accidents make drink-driving claims for compensation.

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