22 Dec Don’t Wreck the Holiday
The Safety, Health and Environmental Team at PLH cares about your safety and well being away from work as much as we do while you are on the job. Holiday events and celebrations can be exciting times for family and friends to get together. These get-togethers can turn into tragedies when people are killed or injured in accidents. If you are the recipient of a DUW/DWI, this can also be a life changing event. Always make sure you have an alternate plan of action if you are going to be celebrating with alcohol.
Here are few things to think about before the festivities begin:
- Have a designated driver. It’s one of the simplest rules to follow and the most effective one for keeping people safe.
- Find numbers for cab companies BEFORE you drink too much.
- Opt for non-alcoholic drinks if you don’t have a driver or can’t take a taxi.
- Make arrangements ahead of time to stay the night where you are celebrating.
Also be on the alert for distracted drivers. There are an enormous number of people on the road who have created their own “frantic” situation. People are doing their last minute shopping for gifts, and party hosts are driving while they are menu planning in their head. The motorists whose only thought is how many gifts are left to buy, what dessert to serve or what perfect appetizer will make their party a huge success, are among some of the most dangerous motorists on the roadway. We are getting deep into the holiday season and motorists should be mindful of actions that will make holiday traveling safer.
Protect yourself and your passengers by following some of these holiday travel tips:
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip; just like on the job, do a complete check of your vehicle.
- Always use your safety belt and ensure your passengers are also buckled.
- Check the weather for your planned route-use an alternative when necessary.
- Be flexible in trip planning, leave early enough to allow for traffic and weather related slow-downs.
- Stay fresh and alert when driving.
- Obey speed the limit.
- Avoid impatient or aggressive drivers, let them pass.
- Do not pass if you cannot see enough clear road ahead to pass safely, while maintaining the posted speed.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Do not text and drive.
- Use a hands free device if you must on talk your cell phone.