Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving collision.While there are many resources and studies about drunk driving prevention, few drivers know exactly what to do if they do end up on the roadway with an impaired driver.
In 2010, US adults drove while impaired about 112 million times. According to DMV.org, there are three limits of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the state of Georgia. The level is 0.08% or higher if they're above 21, 0.04% or higher if they're operating a commercial vehicle, and 0.02% or higher if they're younger than 21 years old. For adults 21 and up, this level is equivalent to drinking two drinks within an hour.
The following tips are a helpful guide for what to do if you find yourself in this kind of situation:
Avoid Late Night Driving
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 31% of fatal drunk-driving accidents occur on the weekend. Fatal crashes are also four times higher at night than during the day. For these reasons, it's a good idea to avoid the streets from midnight to 3 am.
Stay Off The Roads On 'Drinking Holidays'
'Drinking Holidays' include Christmas eve, the 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, New Years Day, Labor Day, and Super Bowl Sunday. We also encourage you to avoid any travel during the early morning of Christmas Day or New Years' Day, as impaired drivers may still be out on the roads after a long night of drinking.
Don't Assume The Drivers' Actions, Especially At Night
Defensive driving is a must on highways and other major roads. You should always anticipate the other drivers' actions, but never make assumptions about their intentions. Often, drunk drivers may drift out of their lanes or completely cross into oncoming traffic. By keeping a safe distance from the cars around you, you will have plenty of time to react to sudden actions. For example, just because a driver has activated their turn signal, does not mean they will turn where you think they're going to turn.
Report Suspicious Driving Behavior Immediately
An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest, and a third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders. As soon as you spot another car driving erratically and you are a safe distance away, you should immediately call the police. Provide details such as the location, make, model, and color of the car. If you're able to spot the license plate, make a note of it, as well. You may be saving a life.