What To Do if You Spot a Suspected Drunk Driver

By Peter DePaolis

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Perhaps you have noticed an erratic driver in your rearview 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
  • Pullover 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? Call our team today to schedule a free consultation.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.