Fleet safety tip: How to detect and avoid a drunk driver

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.

Fleet safety tip: How to detect and avoid a drunk driver

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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