With the holiday season upon us, many people will be attending parties. Unfortunately, some party guests will drink too much or take drugs.
If you are on the road and you notice erratic driving behavior that leads you to believe the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you should definitely take action. Failing to do so could lead to a tragic drunk driving accident.
5 actions to take immediately if you see erratic driving behavior:
- You should immediately call 911 and let the emergency operator know that you wish to report a drunk driver. You do not need to give your name.
- Identify the location of the drunk driver as precisely as possible. Tell the 911 operator what road the driver is on, what direction the driver is headed, and what cross streets the driver has passed or is approaching.
- Give as complete a description of the vehicle and driver as possible. Tell the emergency operator the make and model of the car, its color, and its approximate age. If you can provide the car’s license plate number, do so. If you notice any identifying details about the driver, pass that information along, too.
- Finally, describe the events or circumstances that led you to believe the driver was intoxicated. Describe how the vehicle was being driven and if any laws or safety practices were violated by the driver.
- Remember, never try to intervene in the situation. Do not try to stop the other driver and do not follow the other driver. Once you provide the information that the 911 operator needs, you should continue to your destination and let the police handle the situation.
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