There is little you can do to keep the other people on the road from driving drunk. If you see something that indicates another driver is under the influence, you can call the police and report the license plate and the location, but you can’t directly intervene. All you can do is keep your distance and keep safe.
Recognizing potentially drunk or distracted drivers is an important skill for everybody. Though there is no one-hundred-percent proof that another driver is intoxicated, there are a variety of behaviors you can keep an eye out for, including:
- Drifting in and out of traffic lanes, or going into oncoming traffic, which is indicative of distraction or diminished capacity
- Rapid acceleration or deceleration
- Driving significantly slower than the flow of traffic
- No response or a delayed response to a change in traffic control, particularly red lights turning to green
Though some of these behaviors are more common with distracted driving than with drunk driving, the distinction isn’t the most important thing. The most important thing is being as safe as you can be.
If you observe any of these behaviors from another driver, give them extra space, and take extra care when passing, or take a different route entirely if possible. Distracted drivers or drivers under the influence often make unpredictable lane changes in addition to driving at irregular speeds, which can cause a crash even if you are attentive and follow every rule of the road. The goal is to minimize the risk of an accident occurring.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, it is important to hold that driver accountable for their actions. Dangerous drivers are responsible for thousands of accidents a year, and it is important to get them off the road. Please, speak with an experienced attorney who can help you make your case.