How To Identify Motorists And Motorcyclists Who Are Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

The topic of motorists who drive while intoxicated should be of critical concern to motorcyclists, as many of the motorcycle accident fatalities seen in this blog involve a motorist who is driving while intoxicated.

Given the danger such intoxicated motorists pose to motorcyclists, identifying (or “spotting”) such motorists is of paramount importance.

Part of a June 8 blog post (“Drivers Reporting Possible DUIs & Erratic Driving Increases In Chicago, IL Area“) on Elman Joseph Law Group’s Chicago Illinois Car Accident Lawyer’s blog lists these possible signs of an intoxicated motorist:

  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Making wide turns
  • Drifting and/or weaving across traffic lanes
  • Erratic Braking
  • Driving without headlights at night
An additional concern to motorcyclists is the hazard caused by other motorcyclists who are operating motorcycles while intoxicated.  Again, on this blog there are numerous posts in which a motorcyclist who has been riding while intoxicated has caused serious or fatal injuries to himself, other motorcyclists, and/or a passenger on the motorcycle.  The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) has published a guide titled “The Detection of DWI Motorcyclists.”  This guide discusses and illustrates various possible “cues” that indicate a motorcyclist is possibly riding while intoxicated.  At the end of the report, there is a summary categorization of “Excellent Cues” and “Good Cues” as to how probable it is that a motorcyclist exhibiting such actions or characteristics is driving while intoxicated.


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