RMG Driver/Road Safety Briefing/Communication W/C 05.12.22 – ‘SHE Huddle FY22 069 Drink and Drug Driving’
The Royal Mail Group Road Safety Manager has informed the CWU HQ Health, Safety and Environment Department that the RMG Safety Health and Environment Team will be issuing a national driver/road safety briefing/communication SHE huddle, this week commencing Monday 5 December reminding the workforce about driving under the influence of ‘Drink and Drugs’ and this will be based on the attached SHE Huddle FY22 069 ‘Drink/Drug Driving’ which will be supported by a ‘None For The Road’ – Don’t Drink or Dug Drive slide on the RMTV Plasma screens throughout the business to support the road safety message to drivers.
Regrettably and quite shockingly, recent evidence suggests that drink/drug driving is on the increase, despite decades of public road safety campaigns highlighting the dangers and consequences – hence this campaign.
Roadside drink and drug testing, backed up by severe court penalties and driving bans, plus campaigns highlighting accidents and injuries collectively built up the social unacceptability of drink/drug driving. Roadside testing for drug driving was subsequently introduced to identify drivers impaired by drugs. Drink and drugs sadly continues to be a problem on the roads with recent evidence suggesting it’s increasing with the UK Police confirming findings of a sharp increase in numbers last year. Some facts:
- 8,000 killed or seriously injured by drivers impaired by drink or drugs.
- 24% of people killed were impaired by drink or drugs.
- 1 in 10 people driving for work, fail random drink and drug tests.
Police forces across the country are also launching a month-long annual ‘Drink and Drugs’ campaign today.
Drugs and Alcohol Effects on Driving
Slows reaction times, impairs judgement, affects concentration, causes fatigue, leads to risk taking and erratic behaviour, causes confusion, muscle paralysis, hallucinations, agitation, panic attacks, memory impairment, blurred vision and drowsiness, reduces coordination and the ability to think clearly – Impairs ability to drive safely!
Impairment through drink or drugs means a driver and passengers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in a collision.
Prosecution and Penalties
Minimum 12 months’ driving ban, unlimited fine, up to 6 months in prison, licence endorsed for 11 years and causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs results in up to 14 years in prison.
- May affect employment and employability.
- Increased car insurance costs.
- Difficulty obtaining Visa e.g., for travel to USA.
Morning After Effect
Watch out for the morning after effect. Many drivers get caught out because alcohol stays in the system longer than most people think with many driving to work after a night’s sleep thinking the alcohol has cleared their system when it hasn’t!
Prescription and Over The Counter Drugs
Drivers should take care with prescription or ‘over the counter’ drugs – check for any warnings that they may affect driving by causing drowsiness. If in any doubt, check with a doctor or pharmacist.
See supporting information on the Royal Mail screens and intranet. Royal Mail Group support is available to help anyone with a problem with alcohol or drug dependency. All support is treated in strict confidence. Employees themselves or their managers can make a referral to the occupational health service by calling 0345 266 5060 or visiting www.rmgfirstclasssupport.co.uk or downloading the ‘Lifeworks’ App. New users of the website/App can sign up using a unique invitation code which is ‘RMG-‘ and their pay number, e.g., RMG-12345678. Full guidance and signposting to external support services is available in the Alcohol and Drugs Guide via the health policy and information pages on PSP.
- Managers to brief drivers on the SHE Huddle FY22 069 content attached.
- Drivers to ensure that they drive in accordance with the Royal Mail Driving SSoW and the law.
Would ASRs support the briefing and ensure it is delivered in all units and cascade information.
- RMG SHE Huddle FY22 069 Driver Distraction
- RMTV/Plasma Screens Awareness Campaign Slide
- Road Safety Drinking & Driving Fact Sheet from RoSPA
- RMG Driving SSoW
(To All CWU Members – do have a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year festive season. Our Best Wishes To You All.)
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer