Spotting and reporting a drunk driver can keep everyone safe

As a driver, you understand the importance of being alert at all times. This means you should never get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol (or drugs).

Even if you fully understand the dangers of drunk driving, you can't assume that other people on the road are taking the same level of caution. There will always be people who think it's okay to drink and drive. This holds true of people operating passenger vehicles and commercial trucks.

If you have any reason to believe a person is drunk, don't hesitate to call 911. It's always better to be safe than sorry, as you don't want this person to cause harm to themselves or anyone else.

If you call 911 to report a drunk driver, share the make and model of the vehicle, as well as the license plate number if possible.

Top signs of impaired driving

There are many signs of impaired driving, including but not limited to:

  • Neglecting to use headlights after hours
  • Striking other objects, such as parked cars and traffic signs
  • Making illegal turns
  • Erratic acceleration and braking
  • Driving with their face too close to the windshield
  • Driving the wrong way on a one way street
  • Aggressive driving
  • Tailgating
  • Weaving or swerving
  • Slow response time when a traffic light turns from red to green
  • Driving in the middle of the road, as opposed to picking a lane

If you see someone doing these things, it doesn't necessarily mean they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For example, a person may swerve if they're too drowsy to drive.

In addition to contacting the authorities, keep your distance. Driving in close proximity to a drunk driver greatly increases your chance of a crash.

If a drunk driver strikes your vehicle, don't wait to call 911. You want police to arrive so they can administer the proper sobriety tests and file a report.

Once you receive treatment, contact your insurance company to file a claim. You should also learn more about your legal rights as a driver and the steps you can take to protect them. There are things you can do to hold the drunk driver responsible for their actions.

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