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Police Christmas #OpsLimit campaign highlights more drugs than drink in 11 counties across England and Wales
Throughout December, Operation Limit saw all police forces across England and Wales increase their presence on the nation's roads and intensify enforcement activity, with the aim of preventing deaths and serious injuries caused by people who chose to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.
Road Safety Week runs annually and is the biggest road safety awareness event in the UK. The week organised by ‘Brake’, a road safety charity, runs from 19th – 25th November with the sole aim of bringing communities and professionals together to campaign for road safety.
Today, 1st August 2023 marks the start of National Road Victim Month. Unfortunately, statistics in recent years seem to show drug driving offences to be increasing in prevalence, suggesting we have a long way to go to prevent fatal and serious incidents from reoccurring.
Following Operation Limit, a nationwide crackdown on drink and drug driving which saw all 43 UK police forces increase efforts to catch drink and drug drivers from November to January, NPCC has published a report which states that ‘drug driving is now more prevalent than drink driving’.
Whilst this updated regulation only directly applies to the Rail Industry, it can be argued that every PSV, HGV, coach, van, plant, machinery and company car driver, are ‘safety critical’ and therefore, organisations should look to implement a similar standard as a minimum.
As an employer, how can you help your employees combat the January blues and ultimately keep them safe from drug and alcohol misuse?
It’s that time of year again – The Office Christmas Party. Unfortunately, intoxication at the office Christmas Party has become so normalised it is now a stereotype.
D.tec International welcomes call for evidence – ‘Protecting the public from repeat drug-driving offenders’ but suggests that it will only address a small proportion of the problem.
It took several decades for society to accept that drink driving is a significant problem and, even today, this careless and selfish act continues to kill or seriously injure innocent victims. Now, there is a new rapidly growing problem on our roads – drug driving.
Cannabis in the UK has changed. Dramatically. More so than many of us would imagine. It is much stronger than it used to be with ever increasing evidence of its adverse effect on mental health. The sheer scale of drug misuse in the UK means repercussions for the workplace are serious, so ask yourself, is your organisation doing enough to tackle these new challenges?
The hit BBC drama ‘Line of Duty’ has recently returned to our screens and the story that we should all be focused on is Steve Arnott’s painkiller addiction. Whilst Line of Duty is a fictional drama, writer Jed Mercurio takes inspiration from real-life events and this is a direct link to the UK’s growing problem with opioid addiction and the impact it can have on our industry.
As an employer you are liable for the protection of your employees at work but by ensuring their safety it also keeps you as managers safe from prosecution and preserves the reputation of your company.
To ensure competency in effectively screening for Drug and Alcohol misuse D.tec International recommend that all screeners undergo training on a bi-annual basis.
A set of short videos focusing on drug- and drink-driving and the impact this has on road safety, specifically within the workplace.