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Police can sometimes tell if a driver is drunk -- can you?

In a perfect world, you could always get behind the wheel of your car and enjoy an uneventful trip where you ultimately safely arrive at your chosen destination. In reality, any number of problem issues can arise that delay or impede your travel plans. For instance, you might arrive late to work because of unexpected traffic that has come to a halt due a collision in the roadway.

It pays to be cautious and alert at all times when you drive. However, when you're sharing the road with other drivers, you have no control over their actions. This is why it's always a good idea to know how to recognize signs of drunk driving. If you witness suspicious driving behavior, you might be able to create a safe distance between you and the person who appears to be driving erratically. Drunk drivers cause a high number of injuries and fatalities.

Noticeable problem signs

If you're driving along a Florida highway, you have cause for concern if you witness another driver exhibiting any of the following behaviors:

  • Random application of brakes or gas pedal
  • Tailgating
  • Trouble navigating turns, either too widely or clipping a curb
  • Not proceeding when a red light turns to green
  • Failing to use headlights after dusk
  • Sitting close to the steering wheel and leaning forward toward the windshield
  • Veering left or right in a traffic lane
  • Drifting clear across a yellow line
  • Coming dangerously close to parked vehicles, stationary objects or pedestrians

Any of the issues in this list could be a sign that the driver of the vehicle in question is acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you're able to safely exit traffic, it's wise to do so. You can also report a suspicious driver to local authorities by calling 911.

What if a drunk driver hits you?

The sudden impact of a drunk driving collision typically has disastrous results. Even if the injuries you suffer are non-life threatening, you might have to take time off work during recovery. If your injuries are moderate to severe, you might spend several days or longer in a hospital. Medical bills, lost wages at work and other issues can have a devastating financial effect.

A top priority in the immediate aftermath of a drunk driving collision is to seek medical attention. At some point, police will no doubt want to speak with you and ask questions about the events that led to your injuries. In the days and weeks following a collision, you'll want to connect with any and all people who can provide personal care assistance and practical support.

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