As a responsible and dutiful driver, chances are you take precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Many people forget just how impactful their driving behavior can be, especially when they are doing so in a manner that could cause a serious accident. Everyday, drivers are out violating the rules of the road and endangering those near them. To make matters worse, some drivers may actually be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. If you are at the wrong place and next to the wrong driver, you may find yourself the victim of a DUI/DWI accident.
Speeding excessively and weaving.
We have probably all seen that driver before, the one who is speeding wildly and weaving between traffic. It’s best to steer clear of these drivers, and get out of their way as best as you can. Sadly, drivers like these may be under the influence of a substance, and their senses and decision making may be flawed. These types of drivers are likely to cause an accident where they seriously harm others in the process.
Violating traffic laws and rules.
Sober drivers can still break the rules of the road, however, someone who is under the influence may not realize they are driving recklessly, making them even more dangerous. A driver may be too drunk or impaired to realize that they are surpassing posted speed limits. Other ways a drunk driver may commit moving violations are:
- Running a stop sign or light
- Tailgating behind another vehicle
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian right-of-way
- Forgetting to turn their signal lights on or use blinkers
- Swerving within a lane or across many lanes
Driving slow compared to other traffic.
Some drivers may be going slow because they have a disability or want to be extra safe by not speeding. But, drivers who are going so slow that they are impeding traffic flow may be influenced by alcohol or a drug. Be cautious of these drivers and if it appears the driver is intoxicated, call the police right away.
As the DWI lawyers from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. would agree with, drunk drivers are among the most dangerous types of drivers out there. If you see someone who isn’t operating their vehicle in a safe manner, get out of the way promptly and call 911.