Listed below are suggestions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as ways to distinguish between nighttime drunk and sober drivers.
- Turning with a wide radius.
- Straddling the center of the road or lane marker.
- Appearing to be drunk (i.e., eye fixation, face close to windshield, drinking in the vehicle).
- Almost striking an object or other vehicle.
- Weaving or zigzagging across the road.
- Driving on other than a designated roadway.
- Swerving or abruptly turning away from a generally straight course.
- Turning abruptly or illegally.
- Driving slower than 10 mph below speed limit.
- Stopping without cause in a traffic lane.
- Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane).
- Following others too closely.
- Drifting or moving in a straight-line at a slight angle to the roadway.
- Driving into opposing or crossing traffic.
- Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions.
- Slow response to traffic signals (sudden stop, delayed start).
- Driving with headlights off.
How to Report a Drunk Driver
Call the police or 911 or 1-800-28DRUNK. Once connected with a law enforcement agency, provide them with the following information:
- Tell them you wish to report a suspected drunk driver.
- Give the exact location (identify road and direction) of the vehicle.
- Give a complete description of the vehicle, such as make, model, color, license number, etc.
- Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.
What NOT To Do
- Do not attempt to stop the vehicle.
- Do not attempt to follow if the vehicle is exceeding the posted limit or if any other hazard may exist due to following the vehicle.
- Do not disregard any traffic signals in an attempt to keep the driver in view.
- Do not follow the drunk driver too closely because they may stop suddenly.
- Do not get so engrossed in following the drunk driver that you begin weaving in the road with the drunk driver.
- Do not attempt to detain the drunk driver if they stop.
- Do not attempt to act in the capacity of any police, fire or medical person unless you are properly trained and authorized to perform that function.
- Do not attempt to assist any law enforcement officer while they are apprehending a drunk driver unless requested.
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