When the Other is Drunk
Even though responsible adults do not
drink and drive, there are irresponsible persons who put each of
our lives in jeopardy by driving under the influence of alcohol.
I know this firsthand, my brother was killed by a drunk driver in
1980 and continues to haunt me to this day.
The statistics regarding drunk driving
are grim. It's estimated that approximately 18,000 Americans die
each year in alcohol-related traffic accidents. Even though you'd
not drink and drive, someone else might.
The following tips, adapted from the
National Safety Council's guidelines, may help you recognize a
drunk driver and protect yourself from an alcohol-related traffic
may be intoxicated if he or she exhibits any of the following
stay in lane (or weaves from one lane to next).
erratically -- stops, turns, swerves suddenly or reacts
without headlights at night.
windows open in cold or inclement weather.
avoids hitting objects or other cars.
If you suspect a driver is drunk, follow these
Be prepared to take quick, evasive action.
Stay as far away as possible --
pull over and let the driver pass you. (Do not attempt to pass
the drunk driver; he or she might swerve into your car.) If the
car is headed toward you, pull to the right, stop, honk your
horn and flash your headlights. As soon as possible, notify the
police or highway patrol. (Provide a description of the car and
the license plate number.)