Element fleet safety tip: How to detect and avoid a drunk driver
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 28 people in the U.S. die every day from a crash involving a drunk driver, which equals more than 10,000 deaths a year. It’s important to recognize the signs of an impaired driver and what you can do to avoid and report the situation.
Recognize the signs and what you can do to avoid and report the situation
Drunk drivers often demonstrate
- Difficulty maintaining proper lane position including weaving, drifting, swerving, and even nearly striking another vehicle or object
- Wide turning radius
- Inconsistent speed including driving over the limit or harsh braking
- Reduced awareness - inconsistent signaling, driving in the wrong direction or without headlights at night
How to avoid and report a possible drunk driver
- Do not attempt to stop the vehicle or get the driver's attention
- Distance yourself from the driver
- Pull off to the side of the road if necessary
- Call 911 to report the vehicle and location
Drunk driving is a serious issue regarding vehicular fatality. With these tips, you can help notice impaired drivers and report them for both your safety and the safety of everyone on the road.
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