Spotting drunk driving

According to the NHTSA, “every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes–thats one person every 50 minutes”.

“Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely…Because of this risk, it’s illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. However, even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability.”

Those driving under the influence are a danger to themselves, any passengers and everyone else on the road. No one should ever be behind the wheel while under the influence. Be a responsible driver—if you are drinking, just do not drive.

However, you can only control yourself so unfortunately drunk driving still occurs. Which means it is really important drivers are able to spot this in others on the road in order to avoid them and to alert authorities. Try and remember these tips for your future reference in staying safe on the road.

Signs of a drunk driver:

  • Quick acceleration/deceleration 
  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Swerving 
  • Driving in the middle of the road
  • Almost driving into an object or vehicle
  • Tailgating 
  • Signals that do not match their movements
  • Slow reactions to traffic signals 
  • Driving very slowly (10 mph under the speed limit)
  • Driving without headlights on at night 
  • Abrupt breaking or turns 

What to do if you spot drunk driving:

  • Try and put space between you and that vehicle. Slow down and do not attempt to pass them
  • Attempt to get their information such as car make/model, license plate without risking your own safety. Pull over to safely call 911 and report them
  • Do not follow or interfere with the driver, let professionals handle the situation

Contact: Glisson Law