Beware Of Drunk Drivers | 10.26.2022

Drunk drivers cause 29 deaths per day, that is one death every 50 minutes. One of the best ways to stay safe after drinking (even if you think you have not had too much!), and to keep others safe, is to find an alternative way home instead of choosing to drive yourself. Even if you think you can drive just fine, you may be more impaired than you think. As the U.S. Department of Transportation reminds us, even buzzed driving is drunk driving. 

People who drive drunk could be at an increased risk of getting pulled over during weekends, as law enforcement agencies ramp up enforcement efforts to combat higher numbers of intoxicated drivers. To avoid an arrest – or worse, a devastating accident – be sure to find a sober ride home such as a designated driver, Lyft, or Uber. 

Signs of impairment in others

Help your friends stay safe! Signs of intoxication include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Red, glassy eyes
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Making reckless decisions
  • Speeding or swerving through traffic
  • Stopping suddenly or erratically
  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Not using headlights at night
  • Failing to obey traffic control signs or signals

If you see signs of impairment in other motorists, steer clear of them on the road. If you are with someone who shows signs of intoxication, make a concerted effort to ensure they don’t drive.

What the statistics show about drunk drivers 

The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that every day, about 32 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes, that’s one person every 45 minutes. In 2020, 11,654 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths — a 14% increase from 2019. 

Statistics show that you are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident at night than during the day. You are also more likely to be involved in one on weekends than on weekdays. Around 28 percent of drivers were impaired in weekend crashes, but only around 15 of them were impaired on weekdays.

With this information in mind, drivers have an idea of when they need to be even more cautious. It is imperative that anyone who is on the road knows what signs to look for.

Getting help after a crash with a drunk driver

If you happen to be involved in an accident with a suspected drunk driver, call 911 first to report the accident. Try to get any information about the driver; however, drunk drivers may leave the scene of an accident. If you have been injured in such an accident, you can discuss the legal remedies available with an experienced attorney. 

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