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Tips for Spotting and Reporting Suspected Drunk Drivers


How to Spot a Drunk Driver

The following clues can help motorists detect a drunk driver:

  • Weaving/swerving in and out of the lane
  • Weaving within the lane quite noticeably
  • Traveling at speeds much slower than the flow of traffic
  • Braking erratically or stopping in the lane
  • Sudden stops for signal lights and slow start once they change
  • Remaining at the signal lights once they turn green – asleep at the wheel
  • Making wide turns and/or cutting the corner striking the curb
  • Headlights off at night or on high beams
  • Driving with the turn signals on
  • Straddling the center line of the road or lane lines
  • The driver looks intoxicated – starring straight ahead, face close to the windshield, and/or appears to be quite sleepy
  • Aggressive driving – speeding, tailgating and multiple lane changes or unsafe passing may be the tell-tale signs of intoxication

How to Report a Drunk Driver

The following signs can help you detect an impaired driver on the road:

  • Call 911 and tell them you wish to report a suspected drunk driver.  You do not have to give your name.
  • Give a complete description of the vehicle, such as make, model, color and license plate number.
  • Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road, cross streets and the direction they’re traveling.
  • Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.
  • Do not try to stop the car or detain the driver.  Leave that to a law enforcement officer.