TIPS FOR SPOTTING A DRUNK DRIVER

Drunk drivers put not only themselves and their passengers in danger, they put everyone who is sharing the road in Tennessee with them in peril. Determining whether another driver is drunk or not may not always be easy, but there are a few tell-tale signs that people can look out for.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a driver who is going excessively slow may be under the influence as he or she may be overcompensating for their intoxication. In addition, if someone is driving erratically, such as weaving in and out of traffic, quickly speeding up or slamming on the brakes for no reason, that person may be driving drunk.

Another indication may be the driver's inability to stay in one lane. A car that is straddling the line between two lanes, veers between lanes or swerves onto the shoulder may indicate that the driver is intoxicated. Other signs of inebriation include:

  • Driving on the wrong side of the road or into oncoming traffic
  • Following another vehicle too closely
  • Running into the curb or into objects like street signs
  • Driving at night with no headlights on
  • Driving in a way that is inconsistent with how the driver is signaling

In the event that someone spots a driver who is exhibiting some or all of these symptoms, he or she may be unsure what to do about it. According to Consumer Reports, the reckless driver should be reported by placing a call to 911. Since using a cell phone while driving is illegal in many states, the safest thing would be to pull over before making the call. Giving the 911 operator as much detail as possible about the location of the vehicle and what it looks like, including a plate number if possible, will help the police track the driver down faster and possibly prevent a devastating accident.

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