Unfortunately, no matter how cautious of a driver you are, reckless or negligent drivers could endanger your safety. Being involved in a catastrophic car accident can be emotionally jarring, financially burdensome and result in life-changing injuries.
When a driver gets behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, they are a danger to themselves and any other person that crosses their path.
Encountering an intoxicated driver: Dos and don’ts
If you suspect a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should try to avoid the vehicle. Gradually slow your speed or make a safe turn onto another road. You can take note of the license plate number or distinguishing characteristics on the vehicle and inform the local police department.
On the other hand, you should not:
- Interact with the other vehicle; do not attempt to get them to pull over on your own.
- Follow the vehicle too closely or try to go around them.
- Speed or break any laws.
Be sure you are not endangering yourself or other drivers while attempting to get the license plate number or calling the police. Even if the driver is not intoxicated, but they are driving erratically, most likely, law enforcement officers will be grateful you called.
Other hazardous behaviors drivers may exhibit
A sober driver can be dangerous too. Although the Texas Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Division has implemented measures to reduce the number of collisions on Texas roadways, inexperienced or unsafe drivers are still prevalent. Some dangerous behaviors drivers may exhibit, include:
- Texting and driving
- Drowsy driving
- Weaving across the center line
- Sudden braking
Whether or not a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, unsafe driving actions threaten the safety of other drivers. The best way to prevent an accident is to drive defensively and avoid a driver that threatens your safety. Sadly, that’s not always possible.