Summer months are a favorite time of the year for a lot of people. What’s not to like when every day is warm, the sun is out, and there’s always a patio to sit on or a beach to spend time on? But just like bikinis and Bermuda shorts come out in the summer months, something else comes out too: drunk drivers.
Drunk drivers are on the roads with you, and sometimes you won’t even realize they are there until something looks a little out of the ordinary. Maybe they swerve slightly into your lane, or they slam on their brakes for no good reason in the middle of a busy highway. It doesn’t take long to get from the point where you realize something is off about the driver in front of you to the point where you feel the need to report the vehicle for suspicion of drunk driving.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has some steps you can follow if you suspect someone is a drunk driver.
- Stay away from the other vehicle. Don’t try to tail gate them or follow them.
- Do not try to pass the vehicle or try to get the driver to pull over. You could end up in a crash.
- Take the license plate, make, and model of the vehicle. If you have a passenger in your vehicle, ask them to gather the information for you so you can concentrate on driving.
- Pull over and contact 911. They will ask you for any and all information you had on the vehicle including where you’re located and where they were traveling.
Doing your part to stop drunk drivers by reporting them is the best way you can protect yourself and others while on the roads this summer. Even if you’re not 100% sure, if you suspect someone of drinking and driving, calling 911 is your best option.