How Can You Tell If a Driver Is Drunk?
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. In light of this, here are some telltale signs of a drunk driver that you can be on the lookout for to help ensure your own safety while on the road.
Signs Of a Drunk Driver
- 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.
If you ever find yourself sharing the road with a drunk driver, if possible, allow the drunk driver to pass you so that you can keep an eye on their behavior rather than worrying about them being behind you. If you are traveling with another person in the vehicle, have your passenger call 911 and report the incident immediately. Be sure to make note of the vehicle make, model and color, and what road they're on or what exit you saw them take. If you are traveling alone, pull over to the side of the road before making your phone call.
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.