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.
Our attorneys have seen firsthand the damage negligent drivers can do, both to property and other motorists. That’s why we diligently advocate on behalf of injured drivers seeking financial recovery for their losses. Schedule a free initial consultation with an Albuquerque lawyer by calling (505) TUF-HELP. You can also contact us for more information.