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.
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.