No matter what, if you are around someone who is about to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, you need to find a way to stop them. Drunk driving costs the United States roughly $199 billion a year, and it can result in serious injuries and even fatalities. Call the authorities if you have to, but don't let an intoxicated individual risk taking the lives of innocent people out on the road.
Tips for Preventing Drunk Driving
- Decide on a designated driver early on - Whether you're going out with a group of people or not, it's important to identify who is the designed driver in any group. If no one steps forward as the DD, everyone should stop drinking until someone can step up and volunteer or find a safe ride home.
- Call someone a cab or Uber - In 2017, there really is no excuse to get behind the wheel after drinking. It's extremely easy to call a cab, an Uber, or a friend to come pick up you or anyone else who needs it.
- Take keys if you have to - It might seem childish and could result in some angry friends, but you have to do what you have to. If your friend is drunk and belligerent, simply get hold of their keys and hide them until you can find a way for them to safely get home.
Being able to identify when a stranger is already driving drunk is just as important as knowing how to stop one of your friends from driving. Let's identify a few signs that cold potentially signal a drunk driver.
Signs That Could Signal Drunk Driving
- The driver is making very wide turns.
- The driver is weaving, swerving, or drifting from the center line.
- The driver nearly hits another vehicle or object.
- The driver is driving very fast or very slow.
- The driver is on the wrong side of the road.
- The driver is stopping for no reason.
- The driver isn't accelerating after traffic signals turn green.
- The driver is traveling at night without headlights on.
If you or anyone you know has been involved in a crash or a DUI arrest, contact local law firms and speak with DUI attorneys. As long as you're staying safe out on the roads, alerting the authorities when someone else is drunk driving, and not letting your friends and family (and strangers) drive drunk, the roads should be much safer.