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What to do if You See a Drunk Driver

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 3, 2013

When you are driving home at night with your family, or even during the day, you might see a driver weaving, driving in the wrong lane or displaying other erratic behaviors. It’s likely that this driver is drunk and could harm you, your loved ones or someone else on the road. Here are some tips on what to do if you suspect a drunk driver is driving near you:

  • Stay away: You never know what the intoxicated driver may be thinking, so it’s important to slow down and stay away from the vehicle since the driver’s behavior is so unpredictable.
  • Do not try to pass a drunk driver: If you try passing the driver or signalling for them to pull over, they might get upset and cause a drunk driving accident.
  • Try to remember their license plate number and the make and model of the vehicle: If someone is with you, ask them to take down the information, or if you are alone, just repeat it to yourself until you can write it down. But don’t compromise your safety trying to obtain the information.
  • Pull over and call the police: Even if you weren’t able to get their license plate number, tell the police what the car looks like, exactly where you saw it and how the suspected drunk driver was driving; those details can help the police catch the drunk driver.
  • Let the police handle the rest: Never try to confront a drunk driver on your own. Be confident that after you have contacted the police, you have done your job to protect yourself and others on the roads.

Dallas drunk driving accidents are more common than you would expect. If you or a loved one were the victim of a drunk driver, you deserve justice for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.  

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