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Do you know how to spot a drunk driver during the holidays?

Regardless of the time of year, there's a good chance that you'll find yourself sharing the road with someone who has had too much to drink. However, this is much more common during the holiday season, as people tend to drink and drive more often.

As a sober driver, you must know what it takes to spot someone who has had too much to drink. With this knowledge, you may be able to keep yourself out of harm's way.

Here are a few signs that a person may be driving under the influence of alcohol:

  • Making wide turns, such as one in which they enter the other lane of travel
  • Hitting or almost hitting an object, such as a sign or another vehicle
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Drifting in and out of their lane of travel
  • Erratic acceleration and braking
  • Signaling in a manner that is inconsistent with driving decisions
  • Driving without headlights

Just because someone does one or more of these things does not necessarily mean he or she is drunk, but there is a good chance that this could be the case.

If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, don't wait to call 911. You'll want police and an ambulance to arrive at the scene. The responding officer can then take action in regards to determining if the other person is drunk.

Depending on the severity of the accident and whether you were injured, you may want to learn more about your legal rights for seeking compensation from the negligent party.

Source: Checkpoint Strikeforce, "Spotting a Drunk Driver," accessed Nov. 14, 2017

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