According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is killed in North America every 32 minutes as the result of drunk driving. So what if you’re a law-abiding driver, who sees someone else driving drunk? Here’s how to handle a potentially dangerous situation – and maybe save a life too. We found these tips at Netscape.com.
- First know this: after hours, drunk drivers usually outnumber police officers on the road! So cops need all the help they can get in locating impaired drivers. That’s not to say you should pull anyone over yourself. Instead, try this.
- First, make sure everyone in YOUR car is wearing a seat belt. You should wear a seatbelt no matter what, but especially if you see someone straddling lanes in front of you, or swerving from side to side. Because your risk of being involved in an accident skyrockets when there’s a drunk driver nearby.
- And whatever you do, don’t try to pass a drunk driver. Even if they’re traveling well below the speed limit, it’s a bad idea to try to speed up and get around them. Why? Because you might startle them enough to suddenly swerve into you. Or you might encourage them to step on the gas and drive faster themselves – putting you and them MORE at risk of an accident.
- Then, if you’re convinced someone is driving drunk, take mental notes of their car. Notice the make, model and color of the car, and try to memorize the license plate number. Also keep track of which direction the car is heading.
- Once you gather all this information, then call 911! If you don’t have a cell phone on you, pull over and use a pay phone. Then tell the emergency operator everything you can remember about the driver and about their car.
- Hang up and congratulate yourself because you may have just saved a life!