Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Last updated: April 26, 2019

What Does Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Mean?

Driving while intoxicated (DWI), in the context of workplace safety, refers to the alcohol or drug-related impairment of employees or candidates while operating a moving vehicle at the risk of jeopardizing their and others' personal safety. Employers carry the responsibility of ensuring the safety of personnel, which means they are authorized to conduct DWI checks of all potential candidates and existing employees.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Driving while intoxicated is a common problem in the workplace. Employers face tremendous challenges in terms of preventing alcohol and drug-related incidents from occurring or, at the very least, minimizing the danger in accordance with safety protocols.

A single charge of driving while intoxicated does not necessarily eliminate a potential candidate from employment, but employers may reserve the right to deny employment if a background check confirms multiple DWI violations. Also, if employee drivers are operating commercial vehicles with recurring DWI violations, the company becomes a costly liability for its drivers' safety as well as the safety of other motorists on the road.


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