How to Spot an Impaired Driver
Remember – lots of times it’s not just the impaired driver or passengers of that vehicle that get hurt, but the innocent drivers around them. That’s why it’s so important to drive defensively and be aware of other drivers that may have been drinking or are impaired by other means such as drugs, fatigue, or distractions.
Exaggerated or unusual driving can be a good warning signal that a driver is impaired. If you suspect someone is impaired, drive defensively, allowing plenty of space between you and the suspected car to avoid a collision. Look for these signs:
- Appearing to be drunk (e.g. eye fixation, face close to windshield, drinking in the vehicle.)
- Turning with a wide radius
- Almost striking an object or car
- Weaving, swerving or drifting
- Driving significantly under the speed limit for no obvious reason
- Braking erratically or stopping without cause
- Accelerating rapidly
- Straddling the center of the lane or driving with the left tires on the center line
- Responding slowly to traffic signals
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving at night with headlights off
- What you can do:
Tell them you wish to report a suspected impaired driver.
Describe how the vehicle is being driven — be specific.
Describe the vehicle in detail — color, make/model, license number, distinguishing marks or decoration.
Give the exact location including street and intersections, direction traveling, mile marker (if applicable).
Your call may save a life — or many lives!