Accidents caused by drunk drivers often result in severe injuries or fatalities. Victims may experience broken bones, concussions and internal injuries, leading to long-lasting physical and emotional trauma. These incidents can disrupt lives, requiring extensive medical treatment and recovery.
The winter holiday season, especially around Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, sees a spike in festivities. Unfortunately, it also witnesses a surge in alcohol-related accidents. Recognizing the signs of a potentially drunk driver can help you avoid these accidents and keep New Jersey roads safe.
Erratic driving behavior
One of the most evident indicators of a drunk driver is erratic driving behavior. If you notice a vehicle swerving between lanes or making abrupt lane changes without signaling, it could be a red flag. Keep a safe distance and report the vehicle to local authorities.
Excessive speed or slow driving
Intoxicated drivers often struggle to maintain a consistent speed. Some may drive significantly slower than the speed limit, while others may exhibit dangerous speeding. If a vehicle is traveling at an unusually fast or slow pace, it could be an indication of impaired driving.
Ignoring traffic signs and signals
A drunk driver may disregard traffic signs and signals, posing a threat to themselves and others on the road. Watch for drivers who fail to stop at stop signs, run red lights or exhibit confusion at intersections. These actions may signal impaired judgment and coordination.
Impaired individuals may struggle with motor skills, affecting their ability to brake appropriately. Look for vehicles that brake excessively, erratically or too late. Such behavior can be a sign of impaired reflexes and decision-making.
Unusual nighttime driving
Drunk driving incidents often occur at night, especially during the holiday season. Be cautious of vehicles with inconsistent or absent headlights, as impaired drivers may forget to turn them on or struggle with their visibility.
Report suspected drunk driving
Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more are exponentially more likely to cause an accident. Around 31% of U.S. crash fatalities involve drunk driving.
Dial 911 or contact local law enforcement immediately if you suspect someone is driving drunk, providing details about the vehicle, its location and observed behaviors. By taking proactive steps to identify and report potential drunk drivers, you can contribute to creating safer roads for everyone during the festive season and beyond.