Archive for June, 2015

Drinking & Driving Mixes Too Well with Fatalities

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

GRAND FORKS, ND – Historical data shows 40% of motor vehicle fatalities in America occur during the July 4th holiday. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over a five year period (2008-2012), 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more during the Independence Day Celebration.

“Alcohol abuse ruins lives and destroys families. Drunk drivers affect every one of us, especially the innocent,” David Vetter, the Vice President of Operations for Global Safety Network, said.

The best tactic to prevent drunk driving is to plan ahead of celebrating by selecting one of the following:

  • Designated sober driver
  • Cab service
  • Public transportation

However, if you are faced with an intoxicated person who insists on driving, Mothers Against Drug Driving offers these tips:

  • Remember that the person you are talking to is impaired — talk a bit more slowly and explain things more fully than if you were speaking to a sober person.
  • Explain that you don’t want them to drive because you care and you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others.
  • If possible, get the person’s keys. It is far easier to persuade the potential driver when you hold this leverage.
  • If all else fails, call law enforcement. It’s better to have a friend arrested than injured or killed.

Colorado Supreme Court Rules: Workers can be Fired for using Pot

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

GRAND FORKS, ND – Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a marijuana positive worker. Colorado, a state where “medical marijuana” has been OK for years and where “recreational marijuana” has been legally authorized by state law, the Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the firing of an employee who tested positive for marijuana. This was in violation of company policy. The test did not indicate intoxication, nor use on the job.

The decision was based on the plain language of section 24-34-402.5, 13 C.R.S. (2014) under Colorado’s “lawful activities statute,” which states the term “lawful” refers only to those activities that are lawful under both state and federal law by the statute. Therefore, employees who engage in an activity such as medical marijuana use that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the statute.

Though this Colorado case involves medical marijuana, the decision has a major impact for employers with employees who choose to smoke pot while off-duty in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012.

“This is an encouraging ruling considering the trend to liberalization of marijuana prohibitions nationwide.” – Alicia Bouchon, Vice President Business Development Global Safety Network

More information regarding this historic ruling.