Can you stay safe from a drunk driver? This question came to mind when I saw a news story that two young people who were riding a motorcycle in Harnett County on Sunday were killed when a drunk driver hit them. Just driving to work the other morning I got behind someone driving erratically and thought to myself, “That person is drunk and is going to cause a car accident”, and I gave them a wide berth. So I thought it would be a good blog post to write about any ways you can stay safe from drunk driver’s on the road. I did some online research and came up with some ideas:
- First and foremost, never get in the car with someone who has been drinking any amount of alcohol. In North Carolina, you are legally drunk if you blow more than a .08. Here is a chart that gives you some estimations of what it takes to reach a .08. But remember, one drink, even if it doesn’t cause the BAC to reach .08, is enough to cause impaired judgment and reasoning which can lead to serious consequences.
- If you see a driver on the road who looks like he or she may be driving drunk, call 911 immediately and report it. You could just be saving someone’s life.
- Symptoms of drunk driving include rapid and erratic acceleration and deceleration, stopping suddenly and/or in an inappropriate place, driving in the center of two lanes, driving very slowly (i.e. under 10mph) and other similar odd behaviors. (Taken from The Defensive Driving Blog).
- If you see a suspected drunk driver, take great care to give them ample space.
- Always practice your best defensive driving skills and keep a sharp lookout all around you.
- Always wear your seatbelt!!!
We hope these tips will help keep you and your family safe. If you or a loved one are injured by a drunk driver, call the experienced accident attorneys at Leone Noble & Seate for free advice. 1-877-847-4804.