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Signs a driver may be drunk

Drivers in Pennsylvania have the right to feel safe when they are on the road. Unfortunately, some people get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, and this poses a danger to other motorists. If another driver suspects someone is driving under the influence, it is important to report it so the impaired driver does not cause any harm. To make it easier, it is good to know what some of the signs are that indicate drunk driving.

MADD outlines some of the signs of impaired driving. These include:

  • Weaving or drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  • Driving way slower than the speed limit
  • Coming close to hitting another vehicle or object
  • Lack of headlights at night
  • Slow start or sudden stop at traffic lights
  • Driving in between two lanes

If at all possible, report a suspected drunk driver to the police. It is best to stay away from the vehicle, as getting too close can be dangerous.

According to Very Well Health, try to get as much information about the vehicle as possible. This includes the license plate, color of the car and make and model. It works the best if there is a passenger that can look for these details and write them down. Once one has the information, call law enforcement. In Pennsylvania, it is best to call 9-1-1 or *11. Make sure you are following all traffic laws regarding cellphone use when making the call, or pull over in a safe place. Give the officer the details of the vehicle and answer any questions he or she may have, and then let them do their job. 

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