We’d like to educate our readers on how to identify a drunk driver on ND/MN roadways. We would always appreciate it if drivers would make a smart decision by choosing not to drive after drinking but we know that’s not always the case.
Here’s a list of behaviors to look out for in other drivers:
- Quick acceleration or deceleration
- Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
- Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
- Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
- Stopping without cause or erratic braking
- Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
- Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
- Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
- Straddling the center lane marker
- Driving with headlights off at night
- Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road
Drunk drivers are a serious risk to not only themselves, but also to others traveling on the roads with them. This is why it is important you know how to identify potential intoxicated drivers so that you can report them immediately. We each play a role in keeping our roadways safe. While it is the job of law enforcement officials to handle drunk drivers, you should also play your part in helping identify them. Keep in mind that a lot of the same characteristics are found in drivers who are driving distracted and that is also illegal.
In the unfortunate event that you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you may have grounds for a legal claim for damages. For more information about drunk driving crash representation, contact us at (701) 402-6644 today.