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Public Information – Spotting & Reporting Drunk Drivers Tip Sheet


How to Report a Drunk Driver

  • Call 911 and tell them you wish to report a drunk driver.
  • Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling.
  • Give a complete description of the vehicle, such as make, model, color and license plate.
  • Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

How to Spot a Drunk Driver
The following signs can help you detect an impaired driver on the road:

  • 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 another vehicle
  • Weaving or zigzagging across the road
  • Driving on surfaces 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 the speed limit
  • Stopping without cause in a traffic lane
  • Stopping inappropriately
  • Following others too closely
  • Drifting or moving in a straight line
  • Erratic braking
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  • Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic signals, including sudden stops and delayed starts
  • Driving with headlights off

‘How to Spot a Drunk Driver’ clues courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration