How To Spot and Avoid An Impaired Driver
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The holidays are upon us…the season of good cheer. But the problem is, especially during the holidays, too many people have too “much cheer,” and then they get in their car and head down the road, putting everyone on the road and themselves in danger.
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 10,874 people died in traffic accidents caused by drunk driving. And the holidays, the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, produce the highest amount of DUI arrests than any other time of the year. With other holidays such as 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day right behind.
We are at risk! If we are going to be driving on the roads, especially during the holidays and at night, we need to protect ourselves and everyone else traveling with us…we need to know how to spot and avoid impaired drivers so we remain safe.
Signs of an Impaired Driver
By the way, there are more reasons than being drunk that can cause a person to be impaired, such as drugs (prescribed or illegal), heart attack or other medical conditions, failing eyesight, or fatigue and sleepiness…those impairments have similar signs and can cause just as much damage and injury.
To be aware of the impaired driver, watch for these tell tale signs:
- Driving too slow often indicates someone is trying to be too cautious to avoid making mistakes and getting pulled over.
- Braking unnecessarily or eratically due to the fact that they are having difficulty focusing and have reduced perception of their situation or conditions on the road.
- Weaving or swerving all over the road because of their impaired judgement of where they actually are on the road.
- Driving with their face too close to the windshield because they are having difficulty seeing.
- Overcompensating, by either driving too close to the center of the road or making their turns too wide, because they can’t judge distance.
- Following the car in front too closely (tailgating), again because they can’t judge distance.
- Driving at night without their headlights, their impairment has caused them to forget the basics of operating a car.
- Unnecessary stopping, such as at intersections that have no traffic signal or at a stop light that is green.
If you encounter what you believe is someone driving impaired…
Never try to confront the driver, but keep your distance and call 911. Although it’s best if you can stay on the phone with the dispatcher until the police arrive, if you are alone in the car, it’s safest to pull off to the side of the road to make the call. Be prepared to give them as much information about your location, and the car and driver as possible.
Have a safe and responsible holiday season!
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