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Can you spot a drunk driver?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Drunk driving is dangerous and can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. In North Carolina, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. The limit is 0.04 when driving a commercial vehicle.

A drunk driver has impaired judgment – they may not notice other cars or commit dangerous behaviors on the road. Here are four signs that may notify you of a drunk driver:

1. Quick acceleration and deceleration

A driver who is changing speed levels abruptly or strangely may be drunk. They may be speeding and then, after a few minutes, slow down or stop without any reason. 

2. Swerving

It can be challenging for a drunk driver to keep their eyes on the road. They may fall asleep or have poor coordination, making them swerve between lanes unsafely. Driving in a straight line is not easy for a drunk driver.

3. Tailgating

A drunk driver may ignore the safe distance required between vehicles. As a result, they may tailgate you and other drivers –  and may continue to do so even after you signal them to stop. In some cases, when you speed to increase the distance, they may also accelerate to keep following your vehicle too closely, which can be annoying.

4. Violating traffic laws

If a driver violates traffic laws consistently, including racing other drivers, failing to signal or improper signaling, disobeying traffic lights, driving on the wrong side, failing to yield to pedestrians and cyclists or passing in a no-passing zone, they may be drunk. 

These are telltale signs of a drunk driver. If you spot a suspected drunk driver, pull over and call 911 to alert the authorities and put some space between you. If you or your loved one is injured by a drunk driver, consider your options to get the compensation you deserve.


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