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What to do if You Spot a Drunk Driver

Posted on August 3, 2016

Drunk drivers get on the roads every day and they put themselves and others in danger. It’s not uncommon for bystanders to see someone swerving and driving recklessly, but not everyone knows what to do when they think they see a drunk driver on the road.

Tips to follow if you see someone drunk driving

  • Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible
  • Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over as this could be dangerous for you both
  • Take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color in a way that doesn’t put yourself in danger
  • Pull over and call 911 – Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling, a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven

If you’re not sure if a driver near you is drunk, there are a few characteristics that may help you decide if you should call 911. Look out for these signs on the road, as they may be a sign that the driver is intoxicated:

  • keys from drunk drivingQuick acceleration or deceleration
  • Tailgating
  • 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
  • Swerving
  • Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road