Drunk drivers can be anywhere at any time and not just at night. It is important to recognize the signs of an impaired driver since they make up a large percentage of fatal accidents. On average, 30 people die every day from a crash involving a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's almost 11,000 deaths a year.
How to detect a drunk driver:
- Difficulties maintaining proper lane position - this includes weaving, drifting and swerving
- Almost striking another vehicle or object
- Turning with a wide radius
- Difficulties with speeding or braking
- Reduced awareness - this includes driving habits like inconsistent signaling, driving the wrong direction and driving at night without using headlights
How to 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
- Call 911 to report the vehicle and location
Drunk driving is a major 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.