How To Watch Out For Drunk Drivers

Jim Luff
Posted on July 2, 2014

On average, every 53 minutes, someone loses their life because of a drunk driver, according to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This sobering statistic should prompt you to be looking for them on the road you share rather than them finding you “by accident.” Here are the classic signs of drunk driving as taught to police officers during academy training.

  1. Quick acceleration or deceleration
  2. Tailgating Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
  3. Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
  4. Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
  5. Stopping without cause or erratic braking
  6. Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  7. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  8. Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
  9. Straddling the center lane marker
  10. Driving with headlights off at night
  11. Swerving
  12. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  13. Turning abruptly or illegally
  14. Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road

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  • Glen

     | about 4 years ago

    We in the chauffeured car industry are the "designated drivers". In California, I tell people that whatever we charge them to drive them home, and then back to their car the next morning is still $15,000 less than the DUI. This also does not include the criminal charge on their record. Many corporations now require their high ranking executives to use a car service even if they have one drink at a meeting or dinner. This is something we can suggest to our corporate accounts to ensure the safety of their employees, as well as the reputation of their companies.

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