What to Do if You Spot a Drunk Driver

It’s a bleak yet common reality: drunk drivers get behind the wheel and endanger themselves and everybody else on the road—including you and your loved ones. You’ve probably witnessed someone driving erratically and suspected that they were driving drunk, but you might not have known what to do. In this post we’ll share both possible signs of drunk driving and tips for how to proceed in the event of witnessing a drunk driver.

austin DWI attorneyPossible signs of an impaired driver:

  • Driving at a very slow speed (usually 10 mph or more below the speed limit)
  • Drifting within the lane or across lanes
  • Making extremely wide turns
  • Tailgating
  • Barely missing another car or object by passing too closely
  • Braking sporadically
  • Driving without headlights

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has shared some definite “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to reporting a suspected drunk driver:

DO stay far behind the suspected drunk driver, out of his/her way
DO obtain facts about the vehicle: license plate, make, model and color of car
DO pull over and call 911 to report the driver. Be prepared to answer questions about the vehicle’s exact location and direction, as well as your own contact information. Be ready to give police as many detail as you can about the driver’s behavior. (Calling from the road endangers you because you are trying to focus on too many things at once. Don’t compromise your safety; pull over to make the call.)
DON’T try to pass the vehicle
DON’T try to flag the driver down or otherwise try to confront the driver directly. Let the police take care of it!

Police cannot monitor all roads at all times and need your help keeping drunk drivers off the roads. If you spot a suspected drunk driver, safely call 911 and report what you’ve seen.

Drunk driving has caused too many tragic accidents in our state. If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, contact Barry Law Group today to set up a free consultation. Our DWI accident attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the justice you deserve.

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