Tips for Spotting a Drunk Driver

In the United States, a person gets in a drunk driving accident about every 53 minutes. In fact, drunk driving is the cause of almost one out of every three traffic deaths. Americans take an estimated 233 billion vehicle excursions and trips each year, and one in every 2,000 of these trips is being taken by a person under the influence of alcohol or drugs according to MADD.

If you find yourself in a position where you or your driver is intoxicated, make other arrangements to get home. Doing so may turn what could have been one of the worst decisions of your life into one of the best choices you've ever made.

While you can choose to be responsible, there's nothing you can do about another person other than try to stay out of their way and report a drunk driver to the local authorities.

Below are 9 tips to help you identify a possible drunk driver:

  • Zig sagging and weaving in the road; inability to stay in their lane
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving at night without lights on
  • Turning without using signals and doing so abruptly and even possibly illegally
  • Driving at a "snail's pace"
  • Tailgating
  • Putting brakes on often and erratically
  • Stopping at green lights and other actions that do not make sense
  • Driving at an excessive and dangerous speed

What to do (and what not to do) if you spot a drunk driver?

  • Call 911 immediately and give the exact information about your location, type of car the person is driving and their tag number (if you can get it).
  • Do not try to pass a suspected drunk driver.
  • Pull over or stay far enough away from the driver.
  • Do not approach the driver or try to talk to him/her – let the police handle that part.
  • If there is any way to wave down other drivers and warn them about the danger ahead, do it. However, do not put yourself in harm's way.

What if an accident occurs? Read these 5 tips on what to do if the drunk driver crashes into you or someone else.

Startling Drunk Driving Statistics (MADD)

  • The rate of drunk drivers who continue to drive on a suspended license is 50 to 75 percent.
  • On average, a drunk driver has driven while intoxicated 80 times before he or she is arrested.
  • Nearly a fourth (23.4%) of all drunk drivers are between the ages of 21 to 25.
  • Men are almost twice as likely to drive drunk compared to women (15.1% vs.7.9%).
  • In the year 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol.  This number is more than the amount of people that live in the state of Texas!
  • On nights and weekends the roads are crowded with more drunk drivers than during the week. (However, this doesn't mean roads are 100 percent safe – even at 8 o'clock on a Monday morning!)

A fatal drunk driving accident is tragic because the death could have been avoided had the driver made a better decision.  Never let a friend convince you that they are okay to drive because they drank a lot of coffee or took a cold shower.  Only time can help a person sober up.

In 2010, Colorado lost 110 people due to senseless drunk driving accidents.  In 2011, this number rose to 161.  No one is exempt from possibly becoming a victim of an intoxicated driver.  Drive defensively and be aware at all times, especially when commuting late at night.  And remember, reporting a drunk driver could possibly save someone's life!

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If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driving accident, contact Colorado's experienced drunk driving accident attorney, Mack Babcock for a free initial consultation.  These are devastating and emotional situations and The Babcock Law Firm is passionately committed to helping you in any way we can.

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