Even if you are the safest, most sober driver on the road, it doesn’t mean other drivers hold that same standard. Some people may get behind the wheel in an intoxicated state and put themselves and others in danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people in the United States die every day in drunk-driving accidents.
By recognizing these warning signs of drunk or drugged driving, you may be able to avoid them and protect yourself from their hazardous behavior.
10 Signs of an Intoxicated Driver
Quick acceleration or deceleration
Swerving between lanes
Almost hitting an object, divider, curb, or vehicle
Driving below the speed limit
Driving into opposing traffic
Failing to stop at traffic lights
Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
What to Do
Most motorists recognize these erratic signs as being dangerous, but many aren’t sure of what to do. To stay safe, we recommend following these steps:
Stay as far away as possible from the vehicle. However, do not try to overtake or pass them, as this could put you in further danger and at risk of a crash.
Carefully get the license plate number, make, model, and any other distinguishing details of the car. Do not do this if the conditions are unsafe.
Call 911. Remember, this doesn’t excuse you from using your phone. You’ll have to use a hands-free device, have a passenger call, or pull over. Once you reach a dispatcher, let them know the specific location of the impaired driver, the description of the car, and explain their driving behavior.
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