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What To Do if You Spot a Suspected Drunk Driver

Posted on January 31, 2012 to

Peter DePaolis

Perhaps you have noticed an erratic driver in your rear view mirror in the recent past. Or have you ever wondered why a car appears to be driving well below the posted speed limit? It might be because that driver is intoxicated. Here are some tell-tale signs that a driver might be impaired:

  • Tailgating
  • Quick acceleration or deceleration
  • Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  • Driving with headlights off at night
  • Weaving across the road or across lanes of traffic
  • Stopping for no reason

If you do see a driver exhibiting these behaviors, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and other drivers.

  • Stay away from the suspected vehicle and do not attempt to get the driver to pull off the road
  • Without getting too close, try to get the license plate number as well as other information such as the make, model and color of the car
  • Pull over and call 9-1-1 – give the operator a description of the vehicle and the direction in which it is traveling

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, one person dies every 50 minutes in a drunken driving accident. Have you suffered injuries from a driver exhibiting any of the above driving habits?

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