Even though the holiday season has passed, that doesn’t mean that law enforcement will lighten up on intoxicated drivers. A Chicago auto accident attorney at our firm thought it was important to highlight the dangers of drunk driving during our series on the major causes of car and trucking accidents. We also wanted to discuss what you should do if you suspect that someone is driving drunk. According to DrinkingAndDriving.org, 90% of drunk driving results from the negligent driver drinking with family, friends, or coworkers. Driving under the influence is 100% avoidable and preventable, and you should always discourage and do everything in your power to prevent others from driving impaired.
As we have mentioned before, if you plan to drink, find a designated driver. If there is no designated driver, you should ask a sober family member or friend to pick you up. If that should fail as well, take public transportation such as a bus or train system, a taxicab, or spend the night at a friend’s house. There are far too many risks associated with drunk driving to take your chances and if someone is caught drunk driving, he or she may face automatic license revocation. Harsh consequences such as license revocation encourage drivers to avoid drinking and driving at all costs.
In addition to not drinking and driving, Illinois accident lawyer at our firm mentioned that Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website also offers some tips on how and what you should do if you spot a drunk driver on the road. The driver may be intoxicated if:
• they slow down or speed up quickly • they tailgate or weave • they drive off of the road or almost collide with another object • they have a slow or delayed response to traffic signals • they have their headlights off at night • they turn abruptly or illegally • they drive on the wrong side of the road
If you see a drunk driver on the road, keep your distance. You also shouldn’t try to pass them or get them to pullover. If you can get any descriptors of the car (such as license plate number) or characteristics of the driver without compromising your own safety, do so. Finally, you should pull over and call 911 to give them the location of the vehicle with crossroads, and also an accurate description.
Our Illinois car accident attorneys stress that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is completely avoidable and preventable and encourage drivers to recognize the same. Driving intoxicated puts everyone on the road at risk, not just the driver who is partaking in the negligent behavior.