While you may opt to take a rideshare or public transportation rather than drive after a few drinks, other Texas drivers may not be as responsible as you. Would you know what to do if you encountered a potentially drunk driver?
Alcohol Problems & Solutions examines what you should do to protect yourself from a suspected drunk driver. Better ensure that you do not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence and irresponsibility.
Recognize the signs of drunk driving
There is a difference between a drunk driver and a distracted driver. For instance, drunk drivers often thread across lanes of traffic and drive in the middle of the road. Intoxicated drivers also drive in the wrong direction or drive slower than necessary.
No matter if a driver is actually intoxicated or just distracted, you should take action to protect yourself. Put as much distance between yourself and the other driver as you safely can. If the person is driving in the wrong direction, pull over to the shoulder of the road, flash your lights and honk your horn.
Contact the police
It is a good idea to call the police about suspected drunk drivers, mainly because such drivers can go on to cause property damage and serious auto accidents if not caught. Call the police and give them as many details about the car and where you spotted the driver.
Know what not to do
If you have a strong suspicion that a driver is drunk, do not place yourself in danger by trying to make the person pull over. Nor should you follow too closely behind the person or break traffic laws in an attempt to make the driver slow down or stop.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.