If you spot a drunk driver on the road, it can be hard to know exactly what to do. The first step is knowing what signs to look for, and the second is to alert the proper authorities. Don’t forget to make sure you’re staying safe as well. Hopefully, you won’t ever run into this issue, but if so, here are some tips.
What to Do if You Spot a Drunk Driver on the Road: See Something, Say Something
Look for Clues
It’s always best to be very aware of drivers around you when you’re on the road. If you’re driving at a time when drinking is more likely, it’s even more important to be alert to spot a drunk driver on the road. Late at night, weekend nights, or holiday nights are all times when drunk driving is more frequent. But drivers can be under the influence any time, any day. Some things to look out for are erratic behaviors like swerving and sudden braking or accelerating. Drifting across lanes or onto the edges of the road can also signal a drunk driver (or sleeping driver). Another thing to be aware of is drivers that are traveling much slower than the speed limit, as this can mean somebody trying to account for being tipsy. Missing headlights at night can also be an indicator of drunk driving.
If you spot a drunk driver on the road, you need to alert the authorities. They could end up hurting another person on the road. Just take note of the details of their car. You’ll want their license plate, car make and model, and the color of their car. Also, take note of your location and what direction they’re traveling. Call the police and give them the details. You can explain to them why you think the driver might be driving under the influence. It’s normal to not want to tattle on another person, but reporting drunk driving can keep that driver safe, as well as every other driver and pedestrian around them.
Staying safe is priority number one if you spot a drunk driver on the road. Keep a very safe distance between yourself and their car. Don’t try to pull up next to them to take a look at the driver. They could swerve into you or get distracted by your staring and crash. Also, honking could startle them into swerving or making a sudden movement. Just take note of their vehicle, and report to the authorities. Use voice call or have a passenger make the call, or pull over to use your phone safely.
If you spot a drunk driver on the road, it’s always best to call the police. You could be saving their life or the life of another driver or pedestrian around them. Look for signs of drunk driving, and be more alert when you’re driving late at night or over holidays. Make sure you keep a safe distance and stay safe while reporting them to the proper authorities. And always remember that there are always other options besides driving under the influence.