Few things are scarier than driving along the Washington roadways behind a drunk driver, except maybe at night. With the weather getting colder and wetter, impaired driving is more likely to result in an accident leaving one or both parties injured. Here is what to look for if you think the driver may be drunk?
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers provides a list of behaviors you can look for out on the roadways. A driver who moves in erratic patterns across the road, lane drifting or straddles the center line may be drunk or under the influence. Illegal and abrupt turns or inconsistent signaling may also indicate impaired driving.
Sometimes aggressive behaviors can indicate intoxicated driving. Common aggressive behaviors included tailgating, swerving and quick acceleration. On the flip side, slow behaviors can indicate drunkenness such as staying under the speed limit, delayed starts at green lights or sudden stops at red lights.
Huge red flags include driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting other objects including vehicles, stopping without cause or illegal turns. These erratic behaviors indicate something is wrong even if not drunkenness.
If you think the driver is drunk in front of you, call the police and continue to practice safe driving. These behaviors may also indicate something other than drunk driving, but you should be aware in case more than one behavior happens at the same time. This information is intended only to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.