How to Spot a Drunk Driver

Driving while
drunk impairs a person’s ability to make sound judgements. It also delays
reaction time and reduces hand eye coordination, which greatly increases the
risk of a serious accident.

It’s important
that all drivers are mindful of tactics to avoid drunk driving, such as
designating a sober driver or getting a rideshare if you know you’ll be
drinking. There are also steps you must take if you run across an intoxicated
driver. Your actions might prevent an accident and potentially save lives.

5 Signs of a Drunk Driver

While these signs
don’t automatically mean that a driver is intoxicated, many drunk or inebriated
drivers will exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Driving
    Under the Speed Limit –
    While
    speeding is definitely hazardous, driving too slow can also be dangerous.
    Driving under the speed limit is usually only acceptable during inclement
    weather, such as severe rainstorms.
  • Weaving
    Within Lanes –
    Inebriated
    drivers often have trouble maintaining a consistent course within their lane.
    They may veer from one side of the lane to the other in a zig-zag motion.
  • Driving
    on the Shoulder or Side of the Road –
    While it may be necessary to stop on the side or shoulder of the
    road during an emergency, a drunk driver may be unaware they’ve gone off
    course.
  • Lane
    Drifting –
    Along with
    weaving, drunk drivers have difficulty staying within their own lanes. This is
    extremely dangerous when passing another vehicle coming from the opposite
    direction, as it could cause a head-on collision.
  • Improper
    Response to Traffic Lights –
    A drunk driver may have a delayed reaction to a green light when
    stopped. Inebriated drivers are also prone to running red lights, or stopping
    suddenly when it becomes apparent that a light has turned red.

What to Do If You Suspect a Driver Is Intoxicated

Never attempt to
stop a drunk driver on your own, as you could easily cause an accident.
Maintain a good distance between yourself and the vehicle in case it makes an
unexpected maneuver. Take note of the make, model, and color. If possible, take
note of the license plate. Even a partial license plate number can help the
police apprehend the individual.

When it’s safe to
do so, pull over and call the police to report the driver. Make sure you’re
stopped in an area away from the flow of traffic. Along with vehicle details,
also provide the location, including the nearest cross street, where you
spotted the vehicle.

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Drunk drivers not only put their own lives in danger, they also endanger the lives of others. If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence and want justice, Hinkle Law Offices, LLC is just a phone call away.

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