How To Spot Drunk Drivers

As seen in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) 2010 Fatal Crash Data Report, the Thanksgiving holiday period, defined as 6:00 p.m. on November 23 – 11:59 p.m. on November 28, was one of the most common holiday periods for fatal drunk driving accidents in 2010.

In the June 8 post, titled “Drivers Reporting More Possible DUIs In Chicago IL Suburbs,” there is this list of possible indications of drunk driving:

  • driving at an improper speed
  • making wide turns
  • drifting or weaving across lanes
  • braking erratically
  • driving without headlights on at night
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has assembled a list of possible indications as well.  This list is titled “How to Spot a Drunk Driver”  and lists these 15 signs:
  1. Quick acceleration or deceleration
  2. Tailgating
  3. Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
  4. Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
  5. Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
  6. Stopping without cause or erratic braking
  7. Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  8. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  9. Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
  10. Straddling the center lane marker
  11. Driving with headlights off at night
  12. Swerving
  13. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  14. Turning abruptly or illegally
  15. Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road
Furthermore, MADD also has a page titled “What to do if you see a drunk driver” which lists 4 steps.


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