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Signs you are driving near a drunk driver

Las Vegas is a popular place, and the beautiful weather of spring brings in tourists from all over. Many come to the area specifically with the intention of partying and having a good time. The problem starts when they get behind the wheel of a car and drive intoxicated. This makes them a threat to you, your family and anyone else on the road.

Although the state is doing quite a bit to reduce and prevent drunk driving accidents, it is still up to drivers to pay attention while on the road and spot the signs of a driver that should not be there. If you are a pedestrian or a driver and happen to notice any of the following things, it may be time to call emergency services and report the suspected driver.

Driving below the speed limit

You would think a drunk driver would drive faster and be in a hurry to get wherever he or she is going, but the exact opposite is true. Drunk drivers may drive more than 10 miles per hour under the speed limit. Many do this to avoid detection by police or other drivers.

Problems with signaling and turning

Alcohol affects the body in different ways, and each person is different. Some may become hyper-cautious while others are more relaxed and forget to do things. Drunk drivers often forget to signal when turning or changing lanes, or they may signal inappropriately to what the car is doing. You can also spot drunk drivers if they make especially wide turns.

Collisions with items on the road

When you are sober, it is easy to see things like curbs, construction cones and even pedestrians, but drunk drivers may have fatigue and delayed reaction times that cause them to collide with objects like parked cars, telephone poles or mailboxes.

Tailgating other vehicles

Many drivers have the annoying habit of tailgating to get the vehicle in front of them to go faster, but drink drivers may try to keep their driving straight by directly following the car in front of them. Dangers increase when drunk drivers tailgate because they have slower reaction times and may not be able to stop fast enough if the car in front of them brakes quickly.

No headlights

Drunk drivers are often so impaired that they do not even operate their vehicles correctly, forgetting to turn headlights on when they are driving in the dark.

Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road. They may cause serious accidents that forever alter your life if you are involved in an accident with one. If you are dealing with the consequences of another's poor decisions, consult with an attorney immediately.

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