If you are ever on the road and spot someone who you suspect is driving under the influence, your first priority is to look out for your safety along with the safety of any passengers you have on board. This means that if you encounter a vehicle that’s traveling at an excessive rate of speed or maneuvering erratically, in and out of different lanes, you should give it plenty of room.
But what can you do to help get the driver off the road? Well, you don’t want to take matters into your own hands by signaling the driver to pull off the road. Doing this is extremely dangerous and could lead to an accident. The better move is to get all the information you can about the vehicle, including its color, make and model as well as its license plate number. But again, do not put yourself in harm’s way to obtain these details.
Once you have all the information you can get, you should find someplace safe to get off the road and dial 911. Give the operator the information about the vehicle you saw as well as its location and the direction in which it is traveling. Also, describe how the vehicle is being operated.
After you do this, the matter is in the hands of local law enforcement, who will hopefully be able to get the driver safely off the road and into the back of a squad car.
Unfortunately, not all drunk drivers are stopped in time and instead cause serious or fatal accidents. If you or a family member is injured due to the negligent acts of a drunk driver, a personal injury attorney can represent your interests in pursuing fair compensation.