Spotting Drunk Drivers on Mississippi Roads
The weather is finally warming up and more people are hitting the road in Mississippi. But with the better weather also comes a variety of summertime events that result in many motorists drinking far too much before getting behind the wheel. Despite years of public service announcements encouraging Mississippi residents to get a designated driver or find other ways to avoid driving while intoxicated, drunk drivers are still a leading cause of accident fatalities in the state. In 2015, nearly 30 percent of all fatal accidents in the state were caused by drunk drivers, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Ultimately, the biggest challenge in staying safe on the road is avoiding an accident with a drunk driver. Thankfully, there are several telltale signs that another motorist might be intoxicated, and steps you can take to prevent a collision.
Warning Signs That a Driver Might be Drunk
Any sort of erratic driving could be evidence that someone is driving drunk and you need to proceed cautiously around this vehicle. According to MADD, some common signs of drunk driving are:
- Quickly accelerating or braking
- Weaving across lanes
- Driving off the roadway, including on sidewalks or grassy areas
- Nearly hitting another object
- Inconsistent signaling of intentions to turn or change lanes
- Driving without headlights illuminated at night
- Being slow to respond to red or green lights
- Driving far below the speed limit
- Drifting into the opposite lane of travel
While one or even several of these signs do not automatically mean the driver is impaired, they are still signs of a potentially dangerous situation that could result in an accident. And the more of these signs that are present, the more likely it is that the other driver could end up being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
What To Do If You See a Drunk Driver in Mississippi
The first thing you need to do is keep your own safety in mind and do everything possible to safely avoid that vehicle. Do not follow them if they are ahead of you, and if you are in front them, you may consider slowing down or turning off somewhere, if you can do so safely, to allow them to pass you. Attempt to get the vehicle’s license plate number, safely, and then pull over and call 911 with the vehicle’s information and location. Police will want to know the make and model of the vehicle and what you witnessed. It is very important that you never approach a suspected drunk driver yourself. Leave this to Mississippi police officers who are trained to handle the situation.
Contact Us For Help With Your Case
There are few things more devastating in life than being hit by a drunk driver. In addition to the financial toll an accident takes, there’s the constant feeling that such an accident was completely avoidable if only the other driver had stayed sober. If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver in the Biloxi or Mississippi area and have been injured, contact The Law Offices of Judy Guice today for a free consultation about your case.