Impaired Driving

Misuse or Abuse of Alcohol & Drugs Affects More than the Driver

Drunk Driving

In Nebraska, 72 people were killed in crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol in 2020, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Whether it’s referred to as drunk driving, driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, impaired driving simply means a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle while compromised by alcohol and other drugs that change the function of the brain and body. The misuse or abuse of alcohol or other substances greatly increases the chance of injuries in the workplace and beyond.

In 2020, there were 1,534 alcohol related crashes statewide, according to NDOT.  That’s more than 4 DUI-alcohol crashes each day.

Drugged Driving

Drugged driving is driving a vehicle while impaired due to the intoxicating effects of recent drug use. It can make driving a car unsafe—just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at serious risk.

Why is drugged driving dangerous?

The effects of specific drugs on driving skills differ depending on how they act in the brain. For example, marijuana can slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance, and decrease coordination. Drivers who have used cocaine or methamphetamine can be aggressive and reckless when driving. Certain kinds of prescription medicines, including benzodiazepines and opioids, can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and impair cognitive functioning (thinking and judgment). All of these effects can lead to vehicle crashes.

Research studies have shown negative effects of marijuana on drivers, including an increase in lane weaving, poor reaction time, and altered attention to the road. Use of alcohol with marijuana makes drivers more impaired, causing even more lane weaving. Some studies report that opioids can cause drowsiness and impair thinking and judgment. Other studies have found that being under the influence opioids while driving can double your risk of having a crash.

Read more about other commonly abused drugs that can effect driving, at www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/commonly-used-drugs-charts

PDF posters for printing and posting all around your workplace or organization.


Somebody’s Waiting

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When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Handcuffs & Car Keys)

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When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Handcuffs & Neon Sign)

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A Crash is Not an Accident

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When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Road Signs)

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When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Car in Glass)

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Drive High – Get a DWI

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Change driver behavior with our creative resources and your ongoing educational efforts. Share this silent looping file in your lobbies, breakrooms and other places where you post information on video monitors. Your employees will learn answers to these questions (and much, much more):

  • What do an astronaut and safe driver have in common?
  • Is it safe to use a hands-free device while driving?
  • Where do you think the majority of fall-asleep crashes occur?

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Short safety talks designed with safety leaders in mind. An easy tool to deliver a safety talk in 5–15 minutes.


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Nebraska Safety Coaching Cards 2021

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Safety Huddle – Impaired Driving

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Safety Huddle – Intersections

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Safety Huddle – Railroads

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Safety Huddle – Pedestrians

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Safety Huddle – Securing Your Load

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Safety Huddle – Work Zones

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Safety Huddle – Road Signs

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Take advantage of a captive audience by posting Traffic Tabloids in company or organization restrooms.


July – Summer Safe Time

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June – Safety in All Times & Places

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May – Share The Road

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April – Free Is The Way To Be

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March – Even When Wet, Safety is Your Best Bet

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February – Road Safety is Dear To My Heart

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New Year, New Chance To Get It Right

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November – Serve Up Safe Driving

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December – Recipe for Holiday Safety

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October – Violators will be Toad

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September – Drivers, Motorcycles, Bicyclists and Pedestrians Share the Road

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May – Visibility

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March – Leave Nothing to Chance

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February 2021: Love Candy! Love Safe Drivers!

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January 2021: Drive to Conditions

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December 2020: Let Safety Guide Your Sleigh Tonight!

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November 2020: Is Your Safety Vision 2020?

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October 2020: Can You Do Two Things at Once?

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September 2020: Pedestrians Do Not Make Good Hood Ornaments

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August 2020: If You’re Distracted, Who’s Driving?

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May 2020: Priorities Change … Values Do Not

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February 2020: Love Your Loved Ones Enough To …

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Safe Driving Is the Artwork of Awareness Etched in One’s mind.

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Safety is Not a Backup Plan

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Deck the Halls with Safety

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July – Summer Safe Time

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Somebody’s Waiting

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Traffic Tabloids icon

June – Safety in All Times & Places

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Traffic Tabloids icon

May – Share The Road

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Traffic Tabloids icon

April – Free Is The Way To Be

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March – Even When Wet, Safety is Your Best Bet

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February – Road Safety is Dear To My Heart

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Traffic Tabloids icon

New Year, New Chance To Get It Right

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Traffic Tabloids icon

November – Serve Up Safe Driving

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Traffic Tabloids icon

December – Recipe for Holiday Safety

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Traffic Tabloids icon

October – Violators will be Toad

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Traffic Tabloids icon

September – Drivers, Motorcycles, Bicyclists and Pedestrians Share the Road

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May – Visibility

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March – Leave Nothing to Chance

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A Creative Way to Deliver Traffic Safety: Looping Video

Change driver behavior with our creative resources and your ongoing educational efforts. Share this silent looping file in your lobbies, breakrooms and other places where you post information on video monitors. Your employees will learn answers to these questions (and much, much more):

What do an astronaut and safe driver have in common?
Is it safe to use a hands-free device while driving?
Where do you think the majority of fall-asleep crashes occur?
DIRECT DOWNLOAD: Go to this transfer portal to download the mp4 file of this silent looping presentation directly to your computer. Tap on the three white dots in the bottom, right corner, and click download.

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Best at Your Best Nebraska

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Safety Huddles icon

Nebraska Safety Coaching Cards 2021

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Traffic Tabloids icon

February 2021: Love Candy! Love Safe Drivers!

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Traffic Tabloids icon

January 2021: Drive to Conditions

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Traffic Tabloids icon

December 2020: Let Safety Guide Your Sleigh Tonight!

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

November 2020: Is Your Safety Vision 2020?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

October 2020: Can You Do Two Things at Once?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

September 2020: Pedestrians Do Not Make Good Hood Ornaments

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Traffic Tabloids icon

August 2020: If You’re Distracted, Who’s Driving?

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Traffic Tabloids icon

May 2020: Priorities Change … Values Do Not

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Traffic Tabloids icon

February 2020: Love Your Loved Ones Enough To …

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Safe Driving Is the Artwork of Awareness Etched in One’s mind.

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Safety is Not a Backup Plan

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Deck the Halls with Safety

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Impaired Driving

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Intersections

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Railroads

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Pedestrians

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Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Securing Your Load

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Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Work Zones

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Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Road Signs

Download

When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Handcuffs & Car Keys)

Download

When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Handcuffs & Neon Sign)

Download

A Crash is Not an Accident

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When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Road Signs)

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When You Drink, Don’t Drive (Car in Glass)

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Drive High – Get a DWI

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