How can I tell if a driver is drunk?

No matter how safe of a driver you are, the fact remains is you are only as safe as the others sharing the road with you. As you cruise around Miami, more likely than not, you have run across your fair share of unsafe drivers.

Even more likely is that some of them may be impaired. Below are some signs to look for if you suspect that another driver may be drunk.

— Almost hitting another vehicle or stationary object.
— Passing too closely.
— Driving toward oncoming traffic.
— Driving on the road shoulder.
— Following too closely behind the car ahead.
— Driving 10 mph or more below the speed limit.
— Forgetting to use the headlights after dark.
— Using the brakes erratically.
— Stopping at green lights.
— Using turn signals inconsistently from actual car movements.

If you suspect that a driver is drunk or otherwise impaired, you can take these actions to remain safe:

— Leave a lot of room between you and the driver.
— Be prepared for sudden, erratic driving actions that could imperil you or other drivers.
— Make sure you and all passengers are safely belted in.
— Pull to the side and dial 911 to report the driver. Describe the car and give the plate number if you saw it.

There are some things that you should not do:

— Don’t pass the car; you are safer a good distance behind him.

— Don’t try to stop the car or confront the driver. This could endanger your life and spark road rage in the impaired driver.

Drunk driving destroys lives, and it can be exorbitantly expensive to try to recover from an accident with an impaired driver. Seeking legal assistance to pursue a claim for damages may be necessary.

Source: old-colony.com, “How to Spot a Drunk Driver,” accessed July 07, 2015