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What do you do if you see a drunk driver on the road?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Personal Injury Claims |

Seeing a drunk driver on the road can be a frightening and dangerous experience. Drunk drivers pose a serious threat to everyone around them.

It is important to know how to handle this situation safely and effectively.

Stay aware

According to the NHTSA, 32% of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers. In addition to watching out for traffic signals, pedestrians and other vehicles, you need to spot a drunk driver before they become a threat to the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers.

Keep a safe distance

The first thing to do when you suspect a driver is drunk is to keep a safe distance. Do not try to overtake or closely follow the vehicle. Drunk drivers can be unpredictable, making sudden moves without warning. Maintaining a safe distance allows you more time to react.

Observe and take note

Try to observe and remember as many details as possible about the vehicle and its driver. Note the make, model and color of the car, as well as the license plate number if it is safe to do so. Also, take note of the direction in which the vehicle is heading and any distinctive behavior that indicates the driver might be driving while intoxicated, such as swerving, braking erratically or driving without headlights at night.

Do not intervene

Though it may be tempting to signal the driver, avoid any direct confrontation. Intervening could precipitate hazardous situations. The most prudent course of action is to allow professionals to manage the situation.

Call the authorities

After you have collected the pertinent information and ensured a safe distance from the suspected drunk driver, contact the police to report the incident. Provide them with all the details you have meticulously noted in a clear and precise manner. To prevent any distractions while driving, pull over to make the call.

Stay on the line

Stay on the phone with the dispatcher so that you can provide more information if they need it. Follow any instructions they give you and provide updates on the driver’s location if you can safely do so. Your information can help law enforcement locate and stop the drunk driver before they cause harm.

Safety should always be your number one priority when driving. Keep an eye out for drivers who show signs of intoxication and take proper steps to handle the situation.