One of the most dangerous things we do each day is get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. When there is a drunk or drugged driver, the risks go up for everyone. In fact, Florida law punishes someone driving under the influence of drugs to the same degree as someone driving drunk. By being able to identify the signs of a drunk or drugged driver, you can help remain safe on the road.
Here are some common signs that another driver may be impaired due to drug or alcohol use:
1. When a driver is weaving in and of lanes, it can be a sign of extreme impairment
2. Tailgating another driver or being overly aggressive
3. Quickly speeding up or slowing down
4. Driving into the curb or shoulder of the road
5. Driving on the part of the road which is not intended for vehicle use
6. Having a slow response to traffic signals such as stop lights
7. Stopping suddenly or braking hard without a reason
8. Driving without headlights on at night
9. Signaling but not turning or changing lanes
10. Driving extremely slow
11. Driving against traffic or on the wrong side of the road
What to do if you encounter a Drugged or Drunk Driver
If you are driving and notice a driver showing any of the signs indicated above or otherwise suspect that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol you should put as much space between you and the other vehicle as you are able. Do not try and pass the other vehicle. Decelerate and allow them to get farther ahead. If you can, commit their license plate and a description of the car to memory and call 911.
Hopefully, you will not be involved in a drugged or drunk driving accident. However, should you be injured due to a drugged or drunk driver’s actions, the Draper Law Firm is here with the experience and advice you need. We have experienced personal injury and motor vehicle accident attorneys who are ready to fight for you. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation. We invite you to learn more about our firm here.