With fall already started, traditional family holidays will soon be upon us. Unfortunately, with family celebrations and having fun with friends, drinking sometimes gets excessive. From around Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, there will be many opportunities to celebrate with friends. While you might be a responsible, sober driver, some drivers on the road will drive while drunk, resulting in crashes, some of them fatal. As Knoxville auto accident lawyers, we want to help you spot a drunk driver and know what to do when you see one on the road.
- A driver who is quickly accelerating or decelerating might be drunk.
- Weaving or swerving as well as driving into oncoming traffic are other signs of a drunk driver.
- Straddling the center lane, and hitting or almost striking objects such as curbs, other vehicles, or mailboxes are other signs of a possible drunk driver.
- Suddenly stopping, particularly stopping without reason, is another clue that the person might be driving drunk.
- If the driver is driving without headlights on at night or is driving more than 10 mph below the speed limit, you may have spotted a drunk driver.
- Other illegal or dangerous behaviors are a good indicator that the person is drunk or otherwise impaired.
- If you spot a potential drunk driver, keep a safe distance from the driver. Do not try to pass the person or encourage the person to pull over.
- Get as much information about the situation as possible without putting yourself in danger. The make, model, and color of the vehicle are important. If possible, also get the license plate number.
- When reporting the driver to the police, pull off the road. Provide the exact location, or the most accurate location possible, for the vehicle, including what direction the vehicle is traveling. Also provide information about the driver’s behavior. Then allow the police to deal with the driver.