Drivers in Connecticut have a responsibility to operate their vehicle in a manner that keeps themselves and other drivers safe on the road. If someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this puts everyone else in harm’s way. People should be able to recognize the signs of impaired driving so they can report it to the police.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people died due to drunk-driving accidents last year. Driving under the influence has numerous negative impacts, such as reduced coordination, impaired thinking and diminished reasoning, to driving. Even one drink can begin to have an effect.
According to MADD, there are certain signs that indicate someone is driving under the influence. These include:
- Swerving or weaving across lanes
- Delayed start or sudden stop at traffic signals
- Driving with no headlights
- Going much slower than the speed limit
- Inconsistent braking
When drivers are at the extreme levels of inebriation, there may be obvious signs that clearly would put others in danger. This includes driving on the wrong side of the road, not stopping at stop lights, weaving into incoming traffic and striking, or coming close to striking, another vehicle or object.
Drivers who suspect someone has been drinking should keep a good distance from the vehicle but do the best to get as much of the vehicle’s information as possible. Take note of the make, model, color and license plate number, if possible. When it is safe to do so, call 911 and report the vehicle. Give as many details as possible as to why you suspect impaired driving.