Identifying Possible Drunk Motorists

In the November 12 post, titled “How To Identify Motorists And Motorcyclists Who Are Driving While Intoxicated (DWI),” various aspects of DWI detection of both motorists and motorcyclists were discussed.

As mentioned in that post:

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.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has assembled a list of possible indications of drunk driving as well.  This list is titled “How to Spot a Drunk Driver”  and lists these 15 signs:
  1. Quick acceleration or deceleration
  2. Tailgating
  3. Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
  4. Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
  5. Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
  6. Stopping without cause or erratic braking
  7. Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  8. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  9. Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
  10. Straddling the center lane marker
  11. Driving with headlights off at night
  12. Swerving
  13. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  14. Turning abruptly or illegally
  15. Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road
Furthermore, MADD also has a page titled “What to do if you see a drunk driver” which lists 4 steps.


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