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Can you recognize a drunk driver before it is too late?

It is a busy holiday weekend and you are traveling on one of the busiest roads in Indiana on your way to get together with family. You notice a driver that seems to be acting recklessly. His car is making erratic movements and you are questioning whether or not you should dial 911 to report their dangerous behavior. In these situations, knowing the signs of a driver who may be under the influence is important so you can know how to confidently handle the situation.

Should you ever detect a drunk driver, you should immediately call 911 and report him or her. When authorities are notified early enough, they may be able to intercept the driver before he or she causes any significant harm to you or other drivers. While it is important to note key identifiers like a license plate number and the car's make and model, it is also important to keep a safe following distance and not put yourself in harm's way.

According to State Farm, some of the signs you may watch for in identifying a drunk driver include the following:

  • Abrupt stops
  • Driving without his or her lights on
  • Wide turns or wrong-way driving
  • Delayed response to traffic signals or other drivers
  • Almost hitting other objects or cars
  • Failing to maintain their lane

Among your own family and friends, you can encourage sobriety when people know they will be traveling. Best of all, you can lead by example and offer a ride to family members or friends who may be under the influence. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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